- Shane Syrah Valenti Ranch Anderson Valley 2011 Product #28129 (In Stock)
This is the final vintage for Shane from this great Syrah vineyard, and he's going out with a bang. As he says, this is a "Rhone tribute" wine, full of meaty, smoky, mineral complexity. 100% whole clusters, no new wood, 1000% delight.
"Aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille, bitter chocolate and violet, with a peppery topnote. Supple and deeply pitched but with good energy and floral lift to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Sweet and tactile syrah, with silky, building tannins and noteworthy persistence. Still a baby; I'd give this wine at least another three years of rest."International Wine Cellar 92 points
- Shane Pinot Noir La Reine Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28127 (In Stock)
When the guy who used to make Kosta Browne turns out a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir under his own label, it's time to pay attention. This stunner from the great 2012 harvest comes from two parcels in the cold Petaluma Gap, one near the crest of the hill and one at the warmer base. Low yields, slow ripening, 10% whole clusters, and just 25% new French oak let the pure, ripe, fruit shine through over a firm, detailed, structure.
Shane's notes: "A dark garnet color in the glass, the 2012 La Reine has a refined aromatic mélange of dark fruits and spice. The wine is focused on a panoply of ripe plum, dark cherries, sage, and black tea. Elements of allspice, cola, blueberry, and dark chocolate meld with refined tannins. The finish exhibits dark elements of tarragon, elderberry, and sandalwood."