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ThE Dirt Worshipper

2011 

Brimming with confidence, the 2011 Dirt Worshipper is both muscular and intelligent.  It balances black cherries and white pepper, warm spices and cool menthol, cured meats and fresh violets.  It can roll its own tobacco and recite Shakespeare. Yet despite its worldliness it is intensely focused, vibrant and full of life. [95% Syrah, 5% Viognier.] Fermented 35% Whole Cluster.  Aged for 15 months in 228L barriques: 20% new French and Hungarian, 80% neutral. 650 Cases Produced. $63 retail ($53.55 Comus Members)

Wine Advocate #208 Jeb Dunnuck – 92+ points
Antonio Galloni – 93 points
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2010

Densely packed with loads of personality, the Dirt Worshipper has a beautiful bouquet of blackberry, violet, white pepper and smoked meat. The thick mid-palate balances between fruit and savory as strawberry and candy-striped fig play against bacon and black olive. This is approachable now, but will reward those with patience. [93% Syrah, 7% Viognier] Aged 16 months in 228L Barriques, 60% Neutral, 30% Once Used French and Hungarian, 10% New French. Fermented 30% Whole Cluster - ACL 14.3% - 700 Cases - Rhone Report 95 points. $60 Bottle ($51 Comus Club Members)

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2009

This hedonistic beauty has upfront aromas of sarsaparilla, vanilla bean and black raspberries. Undertones of eucalyptus and white pepper come through on second emanation. Coffee crusted steak, huckleberry compote and dried Provencial herbs pioneer a precise finish with chalky tannins and great length. [95% Syrah, 5% Viognier]. 533 Cases Produced $45 Bottle (Comus Club Price $38.25)

2008

This hedonistic beauty has upfront aromas of sarsaparilla, vanilla bean and black raspberries. Undertones of eucalyptus and white pepper come through on second emanation. Coffee crusted steak, huckleberry compote and dried Provencial herbs pioneer a precise finish with chalky tannins and great length. [95% Syrah, 5% Viognier] 735 Cases Produced $45 Bottle (Comus Club Price $38.25)

 

2007

Offers vibrant boysenberry and pomegranate aromas with hints of sandalwood and white pepper. The core of intense black fruit on the palate is framed by earthy, spicy flavors and a clean, vibrant mouth feel that persists on the lingering finish. [95% Syrah, 5%Viognier] 830 Cases Produced $45.00 Bottle (Comus Club price $38.25)

2006

This burly wine exhibits the hallmark characters of cooler climate Syrah: black, earthy berry characters buttressed by smoke, pepper, tar, and spice elements on the nose. These characters are echoed on the big, spicy, tannic palate and persistent finish. These is a gnarly wine to be enjoyed now with grilled meat and game or aged up to a decade. [95%Syrah, 5% Viognier]. $40 Bottle (Comus Club price $34)