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Relic Ritual Red 2011 Product #27918 (In Stock)
Relic Ritual Red 2011 Relic Ritual Red 2011

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.  

Tight on release, the 2011 Ritual is wide open for business now with a lush texture and oodles of meaty, earthy, black fruit and spice.  The aromas and flavors are starting to evoke Bandol’s earth, blackberry fruit, and heft but without the stern tannins (or overly funky elements).  Great with anything off the grill!

"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

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Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2011 Product #27916 (In Stock)
Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2011 Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir 2011

Kashaya remains one of the richest, most dense, Pinot Noirs we've tasted from California's cool 2011 harvest – noticeably chunkier than the more elegant Avion.  While most Sonoma Coast Pinot ended up diluted by the early October rains, low yields here allowed the fruit to ripen more quickly and reach the crushpad before the skies opened. The unique blend of Dijon 115, Pommard, and Old Wente clones gave this uncommon complexity right out of the gate and, as the months go by, it’s getting even more layered and deep.  An exciting wine.

"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

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Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011 Product #28444 (In Stock)
Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011 Relic Old Vine Petite Sirah 2011

From the legendary Frediani Vineyard, in Calistoga, just up the road from Araujo and next to Hundred Acre’s new vineyard.  Current owner/farmer Al Frediani’s father purchased this site shortly after arriving in the USA from Italy in the early 1900s.  Al, now 92 years-old, worked the vineyards as a child and personally planted the Petite Sirah vines in the late 1940s.  Since then, he’s never watered the vines, never sprayed them with insecticides, and more or less them along – other than occasionally pulling up a weed here and there.

The combination of 2011’s cool weather and the well-drained soils created unbelievable complexity and elegance in what is fast becoming one of Napa’s benchmark Petite Sirahs.  The aromas are fabulous, exploding with dark black plum, blackberry, dusty cocoa and hot rock scents.  The palate is every bit as big, rich, and unctuous as you’d expect from Petite Sirah, but shows unusual elegance and poise for such a big wine.  Black fruits, white pepper, bitter chocolate, and purple floral flavors shimmer across your lounge before the masses of fine tannin kick in for support.  I love how well integrated the alcohol is and the very, very, loooong finish with layers of warm fruit compote, spice, and more.  Drink now and for the next half-dozen years or so.

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Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011 Product #28443 (In Stock)
Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011 Relic Avion Pinot Noir 2011

Mike Hirby sourced the 2011 Avion from a tiny vineyard at 1200 feet elevation in the gorgeous hills between Sonoma and Petaluma. It’s a cool site that gets plenty of afternoon sunshine but also cooling breezes and frequent morning fog – perfect conditions for getting ripe Pinot fruit flavors while retaining fine acidity and keeping alcohols modest.  In 2011, yields were miniscule but quality outstanding in this raspberry and white pepper-scented wine of fine focus and delineation.  Just 150 or so cases made.

“From a vineyard above Durrell in the Petaluma Gap, at an altitude of 1,100 feet; 100% destemmed fruit. Good full red. Deep, scented aromas of crushed cherry, strawberry, briary raspberry and wild herbs. A creamy, spicy fruit bomb on the palate, with lovely depth and energy to its sappy red berry and sour cherry flavors. Hints of licorice and white pepper and some high-pitched spiciness give lift to this enticing wine. Finishes with firm but edge-free tannins and lingering notes of spice and wintergreen.”International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Relic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #27917 (In Stock)
Relic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Relic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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.

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