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Almost 30 years since their original planting, our Benchland Syrah vines are slowing down, in a good way. The vines’ crop level is more in balance with its root development, resulting in more consistent, high-quality fruit. Combined with an even ripening vintage like 2018, you have one of the best wines from this vineyard. Intense color and fruit, with a distinct savory character you’ve come to love from in this wine. This 2018 has the depth and structure found in our 2016, 2012, and 2007, rewarding those who aged them.
275 cases produced
Our 2018 Zinfandel is one of the most intensely fruity wines from this vineyard. The wine is dark, full-bodied and juicy, with flavors of boysenberry and pepper. The Barbera keeps the wine from being too clunky by adding freshness. You know how I feel about aging Zins—I generally don’t. But our 2018 Zin has enough tannin to age well for 3 to 5 years.
1,175 cases produced
Wine Spectator Score: 90
Wine Spectator Review: Ripe but packs zesty power, with wild berry, roasted sage and cracked pepper flavors that finish with medium-grained, briary tannins. Drink now through 2028. 1,175 cases made. From California.—Tim Fish
Cuvée Foudre is our attempt at making a Rhône-blend worthy of the best Châteaunef-du-Papes. Not surprisingly, it has been our most critically-acclaimed wine. The Grenache Alban clone is always our most expressive, while the Mourvedre and Syrah play key roles in giving this wine complexity (raspberry/cherry, pepper, licorice, tar) and tannin structure. Like all of our 2018 wines, this Cuvée Foudre has a brighter fruit component to go along with the depth and richness you've come to expect from one of our best wines. And yes, this wine will age well over the next 6 to 10 years.
258 cases produced
This 2018 Grenache is a perfect example of what crop-thinning, combined with a great vintage, can do for this variety. Reminiscent of our stunning 2007 Grenache, this vintage is equally dark and concentrated. Intense aromas of pepper, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, tar, licorice, and dried herbs (enough with the descriptors!) are followed by a lush but firmly structured wine, balanced by nice acidity. While expressive and fruity, our 2018 Grenache has a sneaky tannin structure, which will allow it to improve over the next 3 to 5 years.
475 cases produced
2018 will go down as one of the great vintages of this century, which is quite evident in our Sangiovese West Terrace. For the past ten years we labelled our best Sangiovese “Riserva” because it was clearly the best lot of Sangiovese we made. Well, truth be told, our Riserva comes from one, ten-row section of the vineyard George planted in 1992. It is the west hill side of that steep, terraced vineyard. Hence the name change.
Only 150 cases produced $70 Limit 6 bottles per person
Our 2018 Montepulciano has expressive aromas of blackberry, blueberry cassis and semi-sweet chocolate. It is much more aromatic than you would expect from Montepulciano. Dark and full- bodied, this '18 MP has the tannin structure we expect in the most prestigious wines in Le Marche and Abruzzo. Our cool nights provide a little more acidity, making it a great wine with food. Don't let the fruit fool you. This wine will age gracefully over the next 5 to 8 years. Bring on Abruzzo's finest pasta!
425 cases produced
Our 2018 Syrah is our version of a super-charged Saint Joseph from the Northern Rhone. Deep color, intense violet, blackberry and blueberry aromas are followed by a juicy but structured Syrah. While this wine has more finesse than the Benchland Syrah, it has the tannin to age well over the next 5 to 8 years.
470 cases produced
2019 Segromigno is the closest we have come to making a full-bodied, modern-style Chianti Classico. It is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Montepulciano. The bright Sangiovese cherry and fragrant fruit is balanced with tannin and structure from Montepulciano. If we made more, it would undoubtedly be our most popular wine. This 2019 shows why.
600 cases produced
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