This Syrah displays classic Rhône characteristics. Rich, ripe flavors of blackberry and plum marry with spicy tobacco; smoke and herb components give the wine a rustic finish. Its medium-sized chalky tannins slowly unveil toasty oak essence which enhances all the fruit flavors for a savory, evenly packaged wine.
The varietal is known for its deep purple color and ample tannins, offering not only a pleasing visual but a soft, lush structure with a luxurious mouthfeel. Ripe with notes of plum, blackberry, and a hint of anise, followed by an intoxicating caramel quality in the nose.
Called Monastrell in its native region of Spain, Mourvèdre is most famous in Southern Rhône for its blending capabilities. Notoriously playing the role of “M” in GSM blends, its beautiful dark color and high acid and tannin attributes offset that of its lesser Rhône comrades. The varietal thrives in the red volcanic soil found on Shannon Ridge Vineyard in High Valley, Lake County. This spot produces fruit with deep, rich flavors due to the cooling affects of nearby Clear Lake.
Cabernet Sauvignon, the prevalent varietal of this blend, provides structure and adds bright cherry and blackberry flavors while showing rich in the middle. Merlot gives the wine a bit of softness with a big cherry punch! Malbec rounds out the structure, adds a copious amount of blueberry aroma and produces the deep crimson color.
The 2009 Petite Sirah is richly layered with concentrated flavors of ripe plum, dark cherry and a hint of cocoa, which are attuned by its blueberry, black pepper and licorice aromas. Its deep purple hue seems to serve as a reminder of its bold seasonings, but in fact its delivery is well balanced without overwhelming the palate.
This red blend displays eclectic variety and character. Spicy plum and robust earthiness combine in a way that only Tempranillo and Syrah can. Malbec's deep purple hue mingles with brighter red fruit from Primitivo, Mourvedre and Merlot.
74% red grape wine & 26% blueberry wine For this wine, blueberries undergo fermentation with a red grape varietal for nine months in French oak. The result is bold, bursting flavors and a deep, beautiful color.