More than toward any varietal in particular, this wine speaks toward the site. Bright red fruits from the grenache marry dark, more brooding blackberry, plum, and blueberry from the Syrah and finish off with savory notes of peppered meats and earthy sage from the Mourvedre. This wine provides a full palate experience with a silky presence and the warmth of subtle baking spices front to back. Once again the high lime soils contribute to a fantastic acidity that allows this really big wine to feel almost light on its feet. This wine answers the question “Why this piece of dirt?”
92 Points, Wine Spectator - James Laube
Intense and complex, offering a potent mix of wild berry, blackberry and raspberry notes, with touches of pepper and spice, ending with a long, persistent finish that echoes the core berry flavors. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. 351 cases made.
90 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, violet and pipe tobacco, with a smoky overtone. Lush and expansive but lively too, offering sweet blackberry and cassis flavors that pick up a tangy quality with air. Silky tannins add shape to the long, spicy, slightly warm finish.