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Akasha 2009
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Akasha 2009

For such a small property, Torrin vineyard enjoys the benefit of hillsides of nearly every possible exposure. This allows us to match up varietals to their ideal growing environment. Therefore, we have chosen to put all of our Syrah on our coolest aspects. The 2009 Akasha is a blend of our Syrah clone 174 from an east facing slope and Syrah clone 877 from a north facing slope. A small amount of Syrah from the incredible James Berry Vineyard adds yet another layer of intrigue. And for the first time, we have opted to blend in 5% Grenache from our estate simply to lift the initial aromatic presence of the wine. The result is simply fantastic. The wine highlights the best of Syrah with beautiful black fruits, intoxicating spice, unbelievable texture and depth on the palate and a finish that is remarkably energetic for such a potentially imposing wine. The wine was fermented with approximately 25% stem inclusion and aged on its lees in French 228L barriques for 18 months. With nearly one year of bottle age on release the wine is impressive, but will continue to evolve beautifully over the course of the next decade.

Cases Produced: 158

Tanzer: 94 points

Rhone Report: 96+ points 

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The Rhone Report

2009 Torrin Akasha (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache, the 2009 Torrin Akasha has fleshed out considerably since I tasted in barrel last year and displays phenomenal aromas and flavors, impeccable balance, and a sexy, seamless texture that puts it up there with the best California has to offer. Loaded with black and blue fruits, licorice, truffle, violets, and assorted savory and meaty nuances on the nose, the wine is full-bodied on the palate with fantastic purity, a full, concentrated middle, and a shockingly long, tannic finish that pumps out loads of minerality and chocolate notes. Pure class and the best wine I have tasted from Scott; it should benefit from a year or three in bottle, and drink well for 15-20. (96+ pts.)

Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2009 Torrin Vineyard Syrah Akasha Paso Robles
(95% syrah and 5% grenache; this is the first vintage for this bottling that isn't 100% syrah): Glass-staining purple. Powerful aromas of black raspberry and cassis, with complicating notes of smoked meat, candied lavender and minerals. Deeply pitched, velvety and assertively flavored, with a deep dark berry preserve character enlivened by a strong kick of cracked pepper on the back. Turns spicier on the finish, leaving behind floral pastille, spicecake and licorice notes. This potent wine has the energy of pinot noir. (94 pts)


Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
85% Torrin Estate Vineyard / 15% James Berry Vineyard
Winemaker Notes
95% Syrah / 5% Grenache