Sep
25

Rustic Red Wines from California 09-11-14

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  • Our friend, Bruce “Big Red” Liebert, has been patiently waiting for us to do another Big Red tasting. Yes, limestone & minerality can be nice,
  • pretty & ethereal, BUT can we just get some wines with substance & guts please? Here is that tasting….masculine, rustic red wines from California–
  • standouts (& 1 added by a participant just for fun).  Each are grown in marine soils (sand, limestone or siliceous clay). One can get BIG, extracted, full flavored red wines without heaviness…..
  • which will shed a different perspective for this evening’s tasters. Yes, just another really good opportunity to learn!
  • 0z32009 Freakshow Petite Sirah “Heretic”
  • A big, BLACK (as shoe polish), brooding, masculine beast from the winemaking genius
  • of Christian Tietje & some interesting Paso Robles grapes.  0a0
  • 2006 R Wines “Amazed”
  • The grapes come from vines which, today, are 140 years old….so back in 2006, they were younger….only 132 years old–
  • Carignane & Mourvedre. The soils is has lots of sand to it, which is why these vines are also own rooted.
  • “Amazed” was crafted by superstar Australian winemaker Chris Ringland. I wonder if any winemaker has garnered more
  • 99 & 100 point wines (according to the Wine Advocate) than Ringland. His are decadent, lavish, deeply flavored red wines.
  • This is an interesting, unique combination of character, vinosity & viscosity. Definitely one of a kind..
  • 0z12010 Jonata “Todos”
  • Jonata is another standout estate vineyard from the Central Coast of California which is “changing the game”. Owned & developed by Stan Kroenke (who also owns Screaming Eagle in the Napa Valley), the 586 estate is actually located in the Ballard Canyon, down in the Santa Barbara appellation. There are 84 acres planted on rolling hills, mostly comprised of careaga sandstone. We were fortunate to see & walk the vineyard just before they released their first wine (2004 vintage) with winemaker Matt Dees. We just knew they would hit it…..AND boy have they hit it! The 2010 Todos is a wine of the vineyard….& is therefore a blend of many grapes–78% Syrah, 8% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Viognier, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot, 1% Sauvignon Blanc & 1% Semillon, aged in French oak, 50% new.  0z2
  • 2011 Saxum “Booker Vineyard”
  • Here is your chance to taste a Saxum wine! Yes, it is one of the hardest red wines to get out of California.
  • It is a lucky thing, we were at the door, before they bottled or released their first wine. Interestingly, Cheryle,
  • Mike & I tasted this 2011, just before it was to be bottled, along with their other bottlings. For me, his 2011’s are
  • some of the very best I’ve had from them. I love how gorgeous & long they are. The Booker Vineyard seemed
  • the darkest, the most mysterious/provocative that day, maybe because the blend is 67% Syrah & 33% Mourvedre.

 

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