(From 2006 Vintage)
Monterey County is an area along the Central Coast where the Rhone Rangers have taken root. This blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache from San Lucas and Arroyo Seco reveals nose and palate impressions of violets, blueberries, jam, mint, pomegranate strawberry, spice and pepper. Medium-bodied with soft tannins.
Medium-rich ruby red color with blue-black highlights. Nose and palate impressions of violets, blueberry, jam, mint, pomegranate, strawberry, spice, and pepper. Medium-bodied, soft tannins. A versatile food wine... Absolutely delicious!
(From 2010 Vintage) The wine was fermented in open top tanks and received manual punch-downs. This enabled good extraction and structure development with pleasant tannins. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels. The 12% new oak gives the wine subtle spice and vanilla characters without overpowering the elegant fruit profile.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines50% Syrah; 50% Grenache. Clearly showing its Grenache side in aromas of ripe strawberries with hints of blackberry, this one picks up an extra note of richness from a light but evident milk chocolate scent. The wine is fairly full on the palate and has an open and somewhat fleshy feel leading to ripe, rounded flavors and a tasty, slightly hot finish.