Jeb Dunnuck 98
“Another magical wine, the 2018 Fracture is based on 100% Syrah brought up in new and used French oak. Deep purple-hued, with beautiful notes of crème de cassis, blackberries, vanilla bean, toasted spices, white flowers, and a hints of charcuterie, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, perfectly integrated oak, a rounded, lush mouthfeel, and a great finish. This unabashedly Paso Robles Syrah brings loads of fruit yet stays balanced, elegant, and is simply a thrill to drink.” – Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous Media 97
“Youthful purple. Heady, spice-accented aromas of blackberry, blueberry cherry liqueur and pungent flowers show excellent clarity and energetic lift. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, displaying sharply defined black/blue fruit, violet pastille, cola and exotic spice flavors that turn livelier as the wine opens up. Finishes extremely long, smoky and minerally, with powerful, spicy thrust, a repeating floral note and gently chewy, polished tannins.” – Antonio Galloni
A little bit of a primer on the Rhone for those who aren’t as familiar. In the Rhone, like all of France, the grapes grown in the area are government controlled or recommended. The red Rhone varietals are Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, with Syrah predominant in the Northern Rhone and Grenache in the Southern Rhone.
We introduced a Rhone varietal in our Entrepreneur Circle wine club last month. The Central Coast of California is becoming known as the best place in the U.S. for these grapes to thrive. Each of our spotlighted wines today are from these appellations, primarily Paso Robles, CA. For those customers outside of CA or who have not had a chance to try these varietals, you’re in for a treat. The Rockstars I mentioned earlier are quickly being recognized as top class performers in this category. Names like Saxum, Booker, Linne Calodo, Epoch, Denner are known for producing world class wines and typically garner ratings of 95 or higher from the Wine Advocate. With less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon these wines are more approachable in their youth and are enjoyable sipping on a Spring afternoon without a heavy pairing for softening. If you’ve never enjoyed a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) or another blend of these grapes, I encourage you to sample one of the best California examples from top producers.
It began as an ambition to gain access to world class wines for friends, family and personal entertaining.
Through passion and popularity, it has now grown to a thriving business both domestically and abroad. We built a strong internet presence with not only staple producers, but also access to small producers and allocated wines. Booker, Sea Smoke and Schrader Cellars are a few examples. Our unsurpassed wine club, provides customers the opportunity to try high quality wines that they might not otherwise be exposed to.
Peruse our Wine Clubs and select the one that suits your tastes. We look forward to sharing our passion and knowledge with you.