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The ditch Digger

2011

This elegant beauty engages you with raspberry, dried herbs, pepper and flowers.  It flows across your palate with sappy red fruits, lavender and rosemary.  It plays with you like a guilty pleasure, continuing to draw you back by hinting at something deeper, darker and more hedonistic.  Refusing to let you have it all at once, this wine will only get better with time. [40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsaut, 5% Counoise.] Fermented 40% Whole Cluster. Aged for 14 months in 60% once used 500L puncheons, 30% neutral puncheons and 10% concrete. 1400 cases produced. $63 Retail ($53.33 Comus Members). Wine Advocate #208 Jeb Dunnuck – 92 points. Antonio Galloni – 93+ points
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2010

This Ditch Digger shows lively aromas of sappy red raspberry, lavender, blueberry, black pepper and fresh cut anise. The palate has an impressive depth to it that offers black cherry and a savory mix of sage, bay and cured meat. The finish is beautifully balanced between sweet red fruit, ample tannin and exacting acidity. [40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise, 5% Cinsaut] Aged 16 months in 500L Puncheons: 50% Neutral, 35% New French, 15% Once Used French. Fermented 35% Whole Cluster - ACL 14.4% - 1100 Cases - Rhone Report 94 points / Antonio Galloni 93 Points. $60 Bottle ($51 to Comus Members)

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2009

Ripe red raspberries, blue violets, and garrigue are augmented by dense aromas of espresso, red licorice and truffle oil. Black cherry, cocoa powder and roasted meats create an elegant and refined palate that showcases multiple layers of texture and a seamless, yet powerful finish. [40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsaut, 5% Counoise] Aged 14 months in 100% Puncheon. 55% of those were new French oak, 5% new Hungarian, and 40% neutral. $55 Bottle ($46.75 to Comus Members)

2008

Fresh market strawberries, vanilla, lavender and cigar box draw you into this vibrant blend. The palate offers bright flavors of red raspberry, kirsch, and cinnamon while a fleshy mouth feel, supple tannins and a long lingering richness round out the finish. [40% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 7% Cinsaut] 610 Cases Produced. $50 Bottle ($42.50 to Comus Members)

 

2007

Opens with upfront ripe raspberry and aromas of espressobean, sage, lavendar, and earthy mineral notes on the nose. The smoothtexture on the palate echoes these elements and unfolds into earthy berry flavors on the long, spicy finish. [37% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 26%Mourvedre, 5% Counoise, 3% Cinsault] 790 Cases Produced. $50.00 Bottle ($42.50 to Comus Members)

2006

Ripe raspberry, lavender, and white pepper aromas overlap the spicy elementson the nose of this wine. The palate frames the jammy, spicy fruit withripe tannins and a long ripe berry finish. (37% Grenache, 28% Syrah,26% Mourvedre, 9% Cinsaut). $45 Bottle ($38.25 to Comus Members)

2005

Exhibits a lavender, tarry, ripe black/ blue berry, mineral scented nose. On the palate these elements are echoed on the expansive, full mid-palate and long, spicy finish. (43% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 23% Mourvedre, 8% Counoise).

2004

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. It displays upfront aromas of raspberries, minerality, white pepper, dark chocolate, and spice. On the palate, the jammy fruit and pepper elements from the Grenache and Syrah are counter-balanced by the dark, meaty, brooding beast that is Mourvedre. The smooth tannins and balanced acidity slowly draw the curtain on the long, spicey finish.