2012 Reserve No. 1
91 points - Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate had the following to say: One of the top wines in the portfolio, the 2012 Reserve Series is a gorgeous blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache that spent 17 months in 40% new French oak. Most of the new oak here was reserved for the Syrah, with the Grenache kept mostly in neutral barrels. Inky colored, with rocking notes of white pepper, liquid blackberry, plum, wild herbs and licorice, this full-bodied, voluptuously textured beauty stays nicely polished and fresh, with terrific length. They plan to keep the wine in bottle for a year prior to release, and it should be singing at that point, and evolve nicely through 2022.
GOLD - Sunset International Wine Competition 2016
The nose is dominated by blackberry, bing cherry and pomegranate like fruits. In the background there is anise, mint and bitter dark chocolate aromas. The palate is polished and round with great forward and mid palate volume. The finish is lengthened by the wines ever present and balanced acidity .
Vineyard: 40% Doc Stewart, 40% Two Coyote and 20% Washington Good Earth
Assemblage: 60% Syrah & 40% Grenache
Vinification: Fruit for this blend was destemmed, but not crushed, into 1-ton fermentation bins. The must contained approximately 75% whole berries. The must had a pre fermentation maceration of 62 hours at 51° F. During fermentation, extraction was achieved via hand punchdowns and pump over with macro aeration, several times daily. The wine fermented dry on the skins and was allowed 3 days of extended maceration before being pressed off the skins and transferred to barrel.
Aging: The wines were aged in barrel for 17 months. 40% were new French oak and 60% were neutral French oak. The Syrah was racked twice in the cellar and the Grenache was not racked at all. All individual wine components, including new oak barrels, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was bottled on March 8<, 2014.
Alcohol – 15.0% l TA – 6.5 g/L l pH – 3.52
119 Cases Produced