– April 11, 2014 – 4pm – 8pm – Winemaker Jim Johnson.
2012 Graciano – 15.97 – Second drought year – small crop. Picked last week in August. More round and more ripe / herb note, frond / cocoa powder, less tobacco than 2010, more cigar box. Neutral. Cool to see 100% Graciano in this neck of the woods, done first in Australia by the Brown Brothers, we have a Vina Ijalba example from Rioja. Pretty stuff. Let’s see if it can really handle the “warm weather”. Cool varietal to have here.
2010 Syrah – 14.57 – 100%. Ripe / ample / red & darker fruited, light herb / pepper, juicy acid, small grain tannins. Pretty example. Like the juicy acid. From the home vineyard, classically peppery. Spice box, black plum fruit. Showing some nice echoes of the Rhone Valley. An old friend.
2010 Palette – 15.97 – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault. Grown in a vineyard 3 miles away. Earthy nose, a bit more expansive / balanced. Complex. Drinking nicely. Really showing some Rhone influence here with a pretty brambly cuvee of the beloved Rhone varietals. Balance, some earthy tones underneath, light pepper. Ripe. Showing nicely.
2011 Texacaia – 14.57 – Sangiovese / Tannat / Petit Verdot – third iteration. Drought intensity. Scrubby. Tasty goodness. Cherry fruit from the Sangiovese and darker components and tannin from the Tannat & Petit Verdot. Smoky mineral, cherry pie, my mom’s raspberry jam from the farm. We have had success with this here, and at Headliners Club…