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Grenache

2012

The soft crackle of vinyl spinning followed by the warm rich sound of its first notes: black licorice, plums, crushed rocks and Szechuan pepper.  This wine offers the deep satisfaction of an age old ritual that never goes out of style.  Its finish is heady, dense and tightly wound, with texture like an Etta James record – gritty, yet soft and sweet. [85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault.] Fermented 66% Whole Cluster. Aged for 14 months in 500L French oak Puncheons: 70% neutral, 30% once used. 525 Cases Produced. $60 Retail ($51.00 Comus Members).

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2011

This is like a song that sends chills up your spine no matter how many times you’ve heard it.  It brings memories of summer rain, rose petal, Bing cherries with hints of lemon peel, botanicals and fresh cut herbs.  It’s physical, yet respectful – hitting the palate with serious density, but finishing lightly. [90% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Counoise.] Fermented 35% Whole Cluster.  Aged for 10 months in 40% once used 500L puncheons, 40% neutral puncheons and 20% Concrete. 250 cases produced. $58 Retail ($49.30 Comus Members). Wine Advocate #208 Jeb Dunnuck – 90 points. Antonio Galloni – 93 points

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2010

This blockbuster delivers aromas of smoked meat, spring flowers, ripe pie cherries, sandalwood and dried herbs. Intense flavors of black raspberry, juniper cured pancetta and dark chocolate frame a palate that builds richer and more powerful yet finishes fresh and vibrant. This wine offers substantial structure, making it deep, striking and exhilarating. Aged 14 months in 500 Liter French Oak Puncheons. 60% New, 40% Neutral. Fermented 20% Whole Cluster. [81% Grenache, 13% Syrah, 6% Counoise] 15% alcohol 410 Cases Produced.  $50 Bottle ($42.50 to Comus Members)

2009

Concentrated Kirsch liqueur and strawberry aromatics are layered with elements of spiced granola and incense. The rich mid-palate is filled with a quiver of wild berries and interlaced with underbrush and red licorice. [82% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Cinsaut] Aged 10 months in 65% neutral Puncheons and 35% new French Puncheons. $48.00 Bottle ($40.80 to Comus Members)

 

2008

Room filling aromatics of cherry cola, incense, crushed rock and smoked meats. The mouth fills out with strawberry preserves, grenadine and 5-spice.  The long textural finish is extended by soft chalky tannins and balanced acidity. [85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Counoise] 368 Cases Produced. $44.00 Bottle ($37.40  to Comus Members)

2007

Ripe raspberry, blackberry andcassis aromas intermingle with agave, mineral and gingerbread elements on thenose. Concentrated layers of luscious, ripe berry flavors blend with the round,soft tannins on the spicy, lengthy finish. [85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5%Counoise]. $42 Bottle ($35.70  to Comus Members)

2006

Crushed rocks, floral aromas and chocolate laced characters surround the briary blackberry/boysenberry core of this wine on the nose.  These elements follow through on the full-bodied, intensely fruity palate and long spicy finish.  [82% Grenache, 9% Syrah, 9% Counoise].

2005

Offers upfront spicy aromas interlaced with jammy Kirsch, raspberry, dark chocolate, and crushed rock notes.  The palate echoes these elements with a big, lush, mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long fruity finish.