92-POINTS, GOLD MEDAL 2021 SOMMELIERS CHALLENGE WINE COMPETITION
this wine will not ship until Late October so there is no need to purchase a Summer Hold at checkout. Please note:
Lot 218 is a stylistically right-up-the-middle, knockout Syrah that comes to us from the same producer as Lot 250 Rutherford Cabernet and Lot 222 Rutherford Merlot. Due to the recent sale of the winery and the concomitant re-sizing of the portfolio, we were able to get our hands on these three fantastic wines.
Again, this is another no-expense-spared offering including 60% new French oak. The grapes were all estate-grown and produced; interestingly enough, however, the different blocks that comprise this Syrah actually straddle both Rutherford and St. Helena so the wine is labelled Napa Valley. Rest assured, this is some killer dirt.
Previous bottlings sell out of the winery for $60/bottle. Based on my input costs, Lot 218 should be priced at $20/bottle on pre-sell; however, I paid a bit more for this than I should have just to get the three-wine deal done so I am going to eat some margin and sell the first couple hundred cases at $16/bottle - about 75% off the winery list price. Further good news: this wine has three+ months in the bottle and is enjoyable now.
Here we go folks...deep, rich, ripe Rutherford/St. Helena Syrah...$60 for $16!
Get it now as it'll be $24 when it hits the Bottle Shop in a few months!
Deep garnet/purple. Peppery, meaty black plum dark clay/earth are haloed by sage anise, lavender spice. Red rock and raspberry notes emerge with air. Smooth and seamless on entry with ample, well-integrated tannin carrying black fruit, earthen clay and toffee notes across lively midpalate and long, resplendent finish. Boom! 100% Syrah, 100% Napa Valley mix of Rutherford and St. Helena fruit, same vineyard 60% new French oak 14.7% alc. 300 cases available Bottled June 2nd, 2021