- Keplinger Lithic 2011 Product #27919 (In Stock)
Helen Keplinger continues to be one of Napa's "hottest" winemakers, building on her experience working in Priorat and in California at Bryant and with the likes of Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, and David Abreu. We're fortunate to get a few cases of her Lithic blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, and this year's Lithic is as perfumed and layered as ever, with a captivating vibrancy and juicier personality than in the past. Aromas of violets, mineral dust, anise, and blue and black berry fruits lead to a mouthful of black fruit, licorice, and spice that unfurls with air. Lovely tannin here in a difficult vintage - broad but very fine grained and plush. A focused mineral streak recalls the Chateauneuf du Pape this mirrors, but the fruit and flavors are distinctively California. Long, lovely, and limited - just 230 cases made.
"Dark red cherries, menthol, tobacco and savory herbs are some of the many notes that flesh out in the 2011 Lithic. Even with all of its early appeal, the Lithic boasts tremendous depth and has the pedigree to develop beautifully for a number of years. The polished finish is striking, but today, the Lithic is showing just a hint of its potential. The blend is 46% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre and 23% Syrah, with the Mourvedre and Syrah clearly dominating today. All of the fruit was sourced from Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador." Antonio Galloni 92 points
- Keplinger Sumo 2011 Product #27920 (In Stock)
Helen's husband/partner DJ calls this Petite Sirah blend the "velvet sledghamer." About right, I think! Delicious now with air, but even better next year. Just 190 cases made of this ripe, perfectly balanced, explosive red.
"Keplinger's 2011 Sumo tastes like a young wine right out of tank, such is the purity of its fruit. Cloves, menthol, tar, licorice and blueberries meld together in an intense, inky Petite Sirah loaded with class. I would drink the 2011 early and cellar the 2010 for another few years. A juicy, expressive finish rounds out this soft, beautifully contoured wine. In 2011 Sumo is 85% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 4% Viognier." Antonio Galloni 93 points