"The 2013 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is pure class. Rich, seamless and inviting, yet with vibrant beams of salinity and tannin beneath, the 2013 stands out because of its impeccable balance. Nothing is out of place. Cool-climate peppery, gamy notes add an attractive upper-register. Lavender, violets and inky blue/purplish fruit are infused into the layered, vivid finish. With time in the glass, the 2013 develops a super-appealing feel of vertical structure. The 2013 is very young. It is also very beautiful." 95 Vinous A.Galloni
Product Information Specifications for 2013 The Ojai Vineyard Bien Nacido Syrah 750 mL Below:
2009 Tudor Wines Tondre Reserve Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir Wine 750 mL
Manufacturer: Tudor Wines
smoky black tea like aromas, plum and ripe strawberry are most evident fruit aromas. The textures on the palate are perfectly resolved at this point very plush and soft. With great length and finesse. "Bright ruby-red. Exotic, flamboyantly perfumed dark berry aromas are complemented by floral, Asian spice and pungent herb accents. Ripe but energetic dark berry and cherry preserve flavors show a sexy vanillin oak influence but possess the concentration to handle it. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins and a touch of bitter cherry." - Josh Raynolds/Tanzer
The grapes for Meritage are hand-harvested and sorted then gravity fed to tank where it undergoes a cold maceration for 4-5 days. The grapes are then fermented entirely in stainless tanks at no more than 81Â° F. After alcoholic fermentation, an extended post maceration allows for additional body and structure. Afterwards, malolactic fermentation in barrel softens the wine by removing malic acid. The resulting wines are aged in French oak barrels for 9 months before blending and bottling.
2012 was another excellent and more normal vintage in Washington State, a welcome change after the cooler and wetter 2010 and 2011 vintages. The La Nina current brought warmer and more even spring and summer temperatures and an extended warm, dry autumn with perfect 80 to 85 Fahrenheit afternoon highs and 40 to 50 Fahrenheit lows without rain. The result was great set that yielded ripe, disease free fruit with good natural acidity. The resulting wines reflect the excellent qualities of the fruit and are a pleasure to drink. Probably one of the top 5 vintages Ive been associated with in Washington State.