Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2013, Rockpile Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA
Passionate purple in color, lively black peppery spice on perfumey blue-blackberry fruit along with Cedary oak spice, dusty cocoa, warm vanilla creme at finish, structured tannins for aging.
Foxen Cuvee Jeanne Marie 2014, Santa Ynez Valley$48.00
Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking. The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, and English sea captain and Dick’s great-great grandfather. Benjamin Foxen came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800’s and purchased the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in 1837 with a Mexican Land Grant that totaled nearly 9000 acres. Foxen's 2014 Cuvée Jeanne Marie Williamson-Doré Vineyard, a Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend is open, pliant and, not surprisingly, quite a bit more expressive than the Syrahs. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, hard candy and wild flowers abound in a wine that should drink well pretty much upon release. 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast 200 cases produced.
Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah 2015$50.00
The Stanton family has grown grapes in the Napa Valley since 1947, and began making their own wine in 1999. With winemaker, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift Wines) and great fruit, there is definitely a winning combination! Stanton Vineyards remains, and will remain, a boutique winery, producing about 800 cases total. This small production allows them to focus on producing both grapes and wine of great character. The 2014 Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah is beautifully integrated with nice oak nuances, a fruit forwardness and a smooth finish. There are ample tannins to allow this wine to develop for a decade and more.
True Stanton Petite enthusiasts will recognize the consistent balance and structure of this Petite Sirah, and rank it among the very best produced by winemaker, Dave Phinney, who has overseen this and every vintage of Stanton Petite Sirah from start to finish. Only 239 cases produced.
Zaca Mesa Z-Cuvee 2014$25.00
Zaca Mesa wines are made from sustainably farmed grapes that are estate grown, produced and bottled. With over 40 years of grape growing experience in the Santa Ynez Valley, the winemaking and vineyard teams meticulously farm our vineyard to focus on terroir-driven wines. They began growing Rhône varieties in 1978 and they were the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County. Zaca Mesa has been producing this unique blend called the Z-Cuvee since 1993. It is inspired by the wines of Côtes du Rhône found in the southern Rhône Valley of France, where they have been blending these varieties together for centuries to create wines that are greater than the sum of their parts. The 2014 Zaca Mesa Z-Cuvee is an extremely balanced and complex Rhône blend. Grenache adds rich raspberry aromas and flavors; Mourvèdre brings notes of blueberry, meat and spice; Syrah, adds flavors of blackberry and ripe tannins; Cinsault brings a touch of dusty berry. With a nice sense of berryish fruit leading the way and hardwood kiss of richness helping out, this wine is attractive in aroma and also in supple-textured flavors. It firms up at the back without giving up anything to dryness, and while it can age a little, it does not demand cellar time.