Relic Ritual Red 2010Product #26634

Relic Ritual Red 2010
Color/Type Red
Country/State USA: California
Email Wines Q4 2012 (Oct-dec)
Price $30 - $50
Price $50 - $75
Producer Relic
Region Napa Valley
Varietal Rhone Blend
Vintage 2010

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As with the 2009, 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. While still tightly wound, it’s clear that the 2010 edition of Ritual is even more pure, deeply flavored, and complete than the outstanding 2009.  There’s not very much wine like this made in Napa, still less at this price point.  Grab it now.

“47% mourvedre, 21% carignane, 15% grenache, 12% petite sirah and 5% syrah. Deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of blackberry, cracked pepper, flowers and spices. Cool, spicy and aromatic in the mouth, with blue and black fruit flavors lifted by flowers and white pepper and given structure by firm tannins. This bottling features the highest percentage of mourvedre yet, notes winemaker Mike Hirby, as well as 110-year-old carignane vinified with whole clusters. Really lovely aromatics here.”International Wine Cellar 92 points

“Slow to reveal all its charms, with supple, ripe plum and blackberry fruit woven among crushed rock, cedar and sage notes, this red offers a delightfully teasing mix of flavor, texture and surprising subtleties. Mourvèdre, Carignane, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. 460 cases made.” Wine Spectator 92 points

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