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2011 Red Rhône Blends

2011 Buxom
94% Syrah and 6% Grenache
La Vista and Law Vineyards, Paso Robles

The Buxom 2011 is a blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Grenache, with the fruit coming from La Vista and Law vineyards.  This wine leads with aromatic notes of green olive, caramel, and fresh blueberries.  Licorice and lavendar are prominent, along with a smoky note.  It has a finish of dark fruits that resemble blackberry and plum.  It should easily age for 7-10 years.

90 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)

2011 GSM
59% Syrah, 24% Grenache and 17% Mourvedre
La Vista, Law, Alta Colina and Carina Vineyards, Paso Robles

The GSM 2011 is a blend of 59% Syrah, 24% Grenache, and 17% Mourvedre, with the fruit coming from La Vista, Law, Alta Colina, and Carina vineyards.  The 2011 growing season was much cooler than usual in Paso Robles, and consequently the GSM 2011 is particularly elegant, with a Northern Rhone element that is persistent throughout the wine.  However, it also brings together a lot of the great qualities for which Paso Robles is known.  This full bodied blend has a dark fruit profile that is laced with blackberry jam and licorice.  Small nuances of tar, resin, and finally a slight caramel aspect rounds out the wine.  When decanted, this wine opens up nicely, and it should age for at least 7-10 years.

91 Points - Wine Advocate
90 Points - Wine Spectator
90 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)

2011 Single Vineyard Designates

2011 Euphoric
96% Grenache and 4% Syrah
La Vista Vineyard, Paso Robles

Euphoric 2011 is a blend of 96% Grenache and 4% Syrah, with all the fruit coming from La Vista Vineyard.  Grenache is noted for bringing ripe red fruit flavors, along with good acidity.  A touch of Syrah adds structure, color, and some additional complexity.  The Grenache was aged for 18 months in concrete, as concrete helps to maintain the purity of the fruit without any of the masking effects that can come with oak exposure.  Production was 120 cases.  The Euphoric 2011 exhibits the bright red fruit, such as raspberries and strawberries, that is characteristic of fine Grenache.  Hints of lavender and pepper are complimented by a minerality that comes from aging in concrete.  There is a slightly spicy aspect that comes from using a Spanish clone of Grenache.   This wine should age well for at least 5-7 years.

92 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)
90 Points - The Wine Advocate   

2011 Law Vineyard
53% Grenache and 47% Syrah
Law Vineyard, Paso Robles

The Law Vineyard 2011 is a blend of 53% Grenache and 47% Syrah, with all the fruit coming from Law vineyard (where the soil and climate are ideal for these two varietals).  This wine has a youthful and fresh acidity that complements its ripeness.  It exhibits a dark fruit profile, leaning towards blackberry and black currant or cassis.  Notes of Christmas spice and cured meat make this wine very unique.  Enjoyable now, it should continue to develop gracefully for at least 4-7 years.

94 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder
90 Points - Wine Spectator