The Syrah component, coming from the cool climate Russian River was very Côte-Rôtie in style, and blended perfectly with the Mourvèdre adding some meatiness, dark fruit, and salinity.
Dark red in color, the nose is full of black currant and blackberry, with spice with notes of ginger,. In the mouth, on tastes dark red and black fruits, vibrant, with noticeable saline and mineral characteristics on the back palate and finish. Drink now, or cellar for 1-5 years (or more.) This saline note on the finish lingers and lingers, and it will become even more prevalent with bottle aging. I love this wine solo, but it pairs deliciously well with medium rare red meat dishes.
This release is a blend of 55% Syrah from the Saralee’s Vineyard of Russian River Valley, and 45% Mourvèdre from El Dorado, farmed by legendary Rhone grower Ron Mansfield. The grapes were picked at modest Brix (sugar) level to maintain balance and acidity. The grapes were destemmed, with a small amount (10%) whole cluster in the bottom of the small fermentation bin.
After fermentation was complete, the wine was pressed to neutral (4+ year old barrels) , where if aged for 10 months, 4 months on the lees. This allows the varieties to express themselves unmasked, in balance, and deliver the true experience of the vintage and place. The wine was blended and bottled in August 2012.