- Relic Ritual Red 2011 Product #27918 (In Stock)
There’s just so much to love about this wine. Start with Bandol’s Mourvedre grape in the staring roll – there are a whopping 11 acres of it in all of Napa, so you don’t often see it playing the lead. Then, add red fruit from juicy Grenache and blue fruit and minerality from 110 year-old Carignan grown at the end of Pickett Road in Calistoga (right next door to one of California’s best and most famous Cabernet vineyards). Round things out with a bit of meaty Syrah and juicy, structured, Petite Sirah, and you’ve got a luscious, highly drinkable, red that will knock your socks off.
The 2011 definitely reflects the cool, damp, growing season, and it’s undeniably lighter in weight and brighter in fruit than the 2010 or 2009. But, there’s still plenty of lusciousness here and a super-silky texture and layers and layers of depth. Wide open and ready to drink now and over the next 5 years or so.
"47% mourvede, 22% carignan, 13% grenache, 11% syrah and 7% petite sirah. Good deep red. Exuberant aromas of candied raspberry and musky licorice. Broad and classically dry but distinctly easygoing, with blueberry and spice flavors nicely supported by supple tannins. The persistent finish shows attractive sweetness." International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2011 Product #27916 (In Stock)
2011 was a cool, cloudy, year in California, one where ripening went slowly and October rains complicated the harvest. Fortunately for Mike, his Kashaya Vineyard was ripening nicely and he’d actually brought in most of the crop before the early October rains arrived. The result is a wine that shows classic Sonoma Coast vivacity but with much more ripeness and lushness of texture than you’d expect for the vintage. This is usually the first Relic wine to go – reserve yours now!
"Good dark red. Pungent raspberry, pepper, spices and loam on the nose. Sweet red fruit and spice flavors show good lift and richness but also a touch of heat (the alcohol here is 14.6%). The slightly aggressive finish offers notes of licorice and herbs. Three of the four blocks here were picked before the early-October rain."International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Relic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #27917 (In Stock)
While this may or may not end up matching the Artefact Cabernet’s 93 point ratings, I think it’s an even better bottle for near-term drinking, especially with rich, buttery, meats like beef filet, pork tenderloin or lamb loin chops. It’s a blend of blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvingnon, 12% Malbec and just 3% Cabernet Franc grown on the steeply sloped Stagecoach Vineyard – one of Napa’s best.
Dark, deep, black in color and just as densely textured and flavored but with remarkable elegance and grace, too. The aromas show off generous blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate and sage notes with accents of black olive and bay leaf. In the mouth, it’s lush and soft but nicely focused with intense flavors of black berry, currant, and plum fruit, melted chocolate, dark spice, and a bit of Bordeaux-like tobacco and herb. The finish is long and easy, with the plush tannins nicely cloaked in ripe fruit and more chocolate and just a touch of herb. Mike calls it "Bordeaux on steroids," which seems about right to us! Drink it now with rich foods or cellar for 5-10 years for even more sophistication.