With a blend of 80% Grenache from James Berry Vineyard and 20% Syrah from Torrin Estate Vineyard, the 2008 once again delivers. This wine always blows me away in its ability to be such a big expression of the varietal yet carry itself with almost feminine grace. Due to poor set in the spring of 2008, yields on both the Grenache and Syrah were in the 1.0 to 1.5 ton per acre range. For 2008 we opted to de-stem all of the fruit so no stems were included in the fermentation. The grapes underwent a 7 to 10 day cold soak until native yeast initiated fermentation. The wines were gently punched down over the course of ferment and basket pressed at dryness. the wines were then aged in 400L and 500L French Oak puncheons for approximately 14 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered. This wine will age gracefully over the next 7 to 10 years, but can certainly be enjoyed for all of its lush fruit in its youth.
98 Cases Produced
Wine Spectator - 96 points
2008 Torrin “The Maven” 96 pts - A wine of amazing finesse and refinement, with a gorgeous purity of ripe dark fruit, showing complex plum, crème de cassis, wild berry, blackberry, blueberry, spice and black licorice notes. Full-bodied, elegant and graceful, this is seamless in texture, ending with a long, focused, detailed finish. No wonder it's so delicious. This uses Grenache from Saxum's James Berry Vineyard. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 98 cases made. –JL