2012 Sonoma County "Three Birds" Red Wine

47%
  Sonoma Valley Grenache, Rossi Ranch
27%   Sonoma Valley Grenache, Teldeschi Ranch
13%   Russian River Valley Syrah, Papa’s Block
8%   Sonoma Valley Mourvèdre, Rossi Ranch
5%
  Sonoma Valley Mourvèdre, Bedrock Vineyard

pH: 3.67
T.A.: 0.61 g/100mL
Alcohol: 14.9%
Cases Produced: 175

While still dominated by Grenache at 74%, we found that doubling the Syrah component to 13% gave the wine a little more richness and structure.  Perhaps all the 2009 and 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Papes I’ve been enjoying lately are influencing my palate?  Could be!  The remaining 13% is the “third bird of a feather” – Mourvèdre.  Aged completely in older, neutral oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Translucent medium ruby-garnet.  A gorgeous, perfumed nose of strawberries, red cherries, Asian five-spice, and vanilla (but again, absolutely no new oak on this wine).  I could sniff this all night!  Quite seamless on entry, red fruits and spice expand across the palate as fine-grained tannins build through a mineral-laden finish.  A very sexy wine!  Enjoy from release through 2022. (MRO –0 1/18/14)

Suggested Retail: $30 - Sold Out
Release Date: April 2014
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
   
     
     
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