Back for 2008 is The Banshee, composed of 30% Mourvedre/ 26% Grenache/ 26% Syrah and 18% Alicante Bouschet. Once again this wine captures the essence of our vineyard without the limits of varietal expectations. This wine brings together the unique characteristics of each varietal in a seamless package. Generally speaking we ferment each varietal separately, but this year we opted to co-ferment the Mourvedre and Alicanted Bouschet. The result was a wine with beautiful color, with layers of cocoa and earth highlighted by wild floral notes. We then introduced at blending the bright fruit and silky mid palate of the Grenache and the blueberry, spice and round tannin of the Syrah. The wine was then aged for an additional 8 months after blending in a combination of once used Puncheons and Barriques. For those of you Banshee fans, the Alicante Bouschet was suffering from Leaf Roll Virus and had to be pulled. While this is the final farewell to the Alicante Bouschet, fear not The Banshee lives on!
Cases Produced: 94
Wine Spectator: 95 points
2008 Torrin “The Banshee” 95 pts - Amazingly smooth and polished, gushing with ripe blackberry, berry jam, crème de cassis and black licorice flavors, with dashes of menthol and road tar and hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied, intense, focused and deeply concentrated, with a modest tannic grip on the finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 94 cases made. –JL