65% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre
Passenger comes from one of the most stunning and mature vineyards in Paso Robles: Glenrose Vineyard. The owner, Don Rose, carved terraces out of a hill of pure calcareous shale that peaks at an elevation of 1700 feet. The vineyard was planted between 15 and 19 years ago and represents one of the oldest plantings of Rhone varietals in Paso Robles. The vines are planted directly into the rocky terraces resulting in fruit that oozes chalky, salty mineral and plenty of fresh acidity. The Syrah and Grenache were co-fermented in a single 1.5 ton bin and 15% whole clusters were included. The finished wine was racked into neutral oak barrels and topped with Mourvedre during its 14 months in barrel.
Tasting Notes: Fresh pomegranate, raspberry, and cranberry fruit emerge from the glass with savory hints of lavender, rosemary, and roasted meats. The mouth feel is silky and elegant, showing more dark fruit qualities of Syrah. The Grenache provides a long, mouthwatering finish of red cherry jam, pastis, and a briny mineral component. Drink now or cellar through 2018.
The Other One
94% Mourvedre, 3% Grenache, 3% Syrah
The fruit for ‘The Other One” comes from a steep, half acre block of Mourvedre, located at an elevation of 1800 feet in the Adelaida area of West Paso Robles. This particular block has very steep, long rows planted in soil that has a heavier clay/loam component. The 2010 vintage was a very cool growing season and allowed the fruit to develop flavors well into the fall. As rains began to threaten, the Mourvedre reached peak ripeness, and was picked on October 27th. The grapes were fermented in a single 1.5 ton bin for 25 days and 33% whole clusters were included. After fermentation finished, the wine was racked into neutral oak barrels. The final blend was assembled in March of 2011 and aged for 14 months.
Tasting Notes: The aromatics teeter between fruit elements of plum skins and blood orange with more savory notes of freshly turned loam, wild sage, and Kenya AA. The palate is mouth filling, broad, and mouth watering. Flavors of boysenberry cobbler, smoked duck breast, and porcini mushrooms firmly root this wine in a very traditional Provencal style of Mourvedre. Drink now or cellar through 2020.