Tasting Friday – 5p-8p July 10
Mary Ruth 2014 – 17.57 – 42% Orange Muscat, 32% Blanc du Bois, 23% Muscat Blanc. 1160 cases produced. Wonderfully expressive and delicate nose with white peach, coconut, acacia, honeysuckle and lightly ripened pineapple. The palate rushes in with a cocktail of fresh tropical fruits layered like ambrosia salad with clean lemon and key lime sweeping through at the finish. Bright and refreshing, perfect to pair with young, creamy cheeses.
Cinsault Rosé 2014 – 20.57 – A soft salmon hue shows subtle white floral aromas of acacia and honeysuckle that lead into a bright burst of clementine, candied white peach and tropical fruits on the palate. A spritz of lime juice and zest keep the palate bright as it eases to a finish of preserved citrus and dried apricot. Drink 2015 to 2016.
Skeleton Key 2013 – 26.57 – Proprietor’s Red Blend. Aglianico, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah (from 3 vineyards), Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet, and Tannat. A rich garnet tint delivers aromas of baked plum, black cherry and pomegranate, lifted at the palate’s edges by lighter floral notes. Lush and nearly opulent with ripeness, its texture is expressive with moderately high tannins exhibiting flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate melting into a mocha-like finish.
Artist Blend 2013 – 34.97 – 73% Mourvèdre (Lost Draw Vineyard & La Pradera Vineyard). 22% Syrah (Kiepersol Vineyard & High Cross Vineyard). 5% Grenache (Salt Lick Vineyard). 660 cases produced. Aging – 16 months in French Oak & Eastern European Oak. 60% new oak, 40% used oak. Deep ruby and plum appearance with rich scents of fresh citrus, dark berries, herbs and mulling spices followed by a soft hint of eucalyptus. Excellent concentration of ripe forest berries with a lively lift lead to darker notes of anise and black tea tannins. Very intriguing in its depth of expression, it could benefit from decanting and should develop well through 2021.