Another blockbuster from this joint project of Chad Melville, Jim Knight, Sashi Moorman (Stolpman Vineyards) and Peter Hunken . This one is thick and rich with blueberry pie filling aromas and complex notes of pencil lead and spice. Floral characters keep this wine in check, adding their more feminine influence. On the palate this is rich and thick as jam. Full-bodied with spicy tannins and a long finish. No food required.
Robert Parker: "This sexy, seductive Syrah exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, forward, evolved aromas of black olives, ground pepper, and sweet black currant liqueur. Good underlying acidity, medium body, and a pure long finish suggest it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years."
The Holus Bolus 2016 Syrah is sourced entirely from John Sebastiano Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. This wine is a blend of 3 distinct clones of Syrah (Alban, 470 and 383). The wine was fermented with 25% whole clusters and offers up wonderful dark fruit, provencal spice and refreshing acidity. Aged for 14 months in two and three year-old French oak, bottled without fining or filtration.
Named the #6 Wine Of The Year by Wine Enthusiast Top 100 list (December 2016) rated 95 Points and Editor’s Choice.
A fantastic red from Bedrock winemaker Morgan-Twain Peterson, one of the hottest young winemakers in California.
90 Points Robert Parker "Best Buy": "A Mediterranean blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah and assorted mixed blacks fermented with native yeasts and aged in primarily neutral containers (15% in new French oak), it is a California version of a high-class Cotes du Rhone. Lots of berry fruit intermixed with lavender, pepper and meaty black cherry and black currant flavors emerge from this satisfying, round, expansive, generous red. An outstanding, killer value that should provide pleasure over the next 1-2 years. If there is a better value in California wine, I would like to know about it."
....Morgan Twain-Peterson is one of the most impressive young winemakers I have ever met, and it’s not just because he grew up the son of a famous producer. Making wines at this level requires talent, passion, hard work and a great palate, none of which is easily inherited. Along with Mike Officer of Carlisle, Twain-Peterson is on a mission to rediscover what he calls California’s old-vine “heritage” vineyards. These historic sites planted by California’s early immigrants, often home to unknown field blends, remain some of the most fascinating vineyards in California. Officer and Twain-Peterson were tired of seeing these old sites gobbled up by industrial-scale wineries, so they decided to do something about it. Bravo."
An amazing value from the South of France - hurry!
95 Points Decanter: "60% Syrah, 40% Grenache. Lovely rich opulent and floral, black berry and plum nose, the palate is big with well layered fruit, attractively firm but soft tannin and hints of oak, a big wine with a lovely finish. *Gold Medal Winner Decanter Asia Wine Awards.*
Robert Parker: "A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, the Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit is a screaming value. If offers bold black cherry and blueberry fruit aromas, lively fruit flavors, silky tannins and a crisp, lengthy mocha-tinged finish. Drink this fun, bouncy little wine over the next couple of years."