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Our newest GSP showcases the cherry fruit flavors of the estate Grenache, the color and structure brought by the Petite sirah and the roundness of the Syrah. All grown here on more rocky and drier soils that limit the vigorous nature of Grenache. The GSP has been one of my best selling wines over the past few years and is a wine that seems to go with so many occasions.Enjoy now and for the next 5 years and this is an excellent wine to have with stews, pork and savory foods.
Our new Hillside vineyards Zinfandel combines the best of our estate vine-yard and fruit from the Rossi Ranch. Our Estate production was not enough to bottle by itself and it’s lower acid and black fruit flavors has been complemented by the bright raspberry notes from Rossi. This is a wonderfully fruity and medium bodied wine that will be great with grilled foods and is ready now and for the next 4 years
When I taste through the Griffin’s Lair wines from these 10 harvests I find a common thread through them all, related to the texture in the wine. They typically have a lower alcohol than my other vineyards as the moderate climate allows full flavor development at low sugars, but this isn’t readily apparent as the Griffin’s Lair wines have what I call a “thick” texture. There is a richness that also shows in wines from other producers using this fruit, and it leads to a wine that can be enjoyed by itself or is excellent with food. Drink now and for the next 5 years.
Beautifully packaged in a black box, containing a signed bottle of each of our Family Lot wines. The 2016 Cuveé Ellen Syrah named for Chris' Grandmother, and the 2017 Grandfather's Cuveé named for Chris' Grandfather, Herb.
Our Estate Syrah is a selection of the most intense lots made in 2017 and will be at its best with richer foods and will be a great candidate for aging in the cellar for another 5-8 years. More structured than the ‘16 version, it combines both the fruit and wild sides of the Syrah grape and is one of the best of the Estate Syrah’s to date.
There is lots of fruit to match the structure of the wine that will guarantee a particularly long cellar life. It should be a great match to meat dishes or anything with good fat content. One of my favorite Cabernet Shiraz wines. Drink now or age for another 10 years.
The McGraw Cabernet wines have always shown lovely bright fruit that typifies the grape and the region. The excellent tannin structure guarantees a good cellar life as the ’08 and ’12 wines still demonstrate but they are also wines that can be enjoyed in their youth. As benefits the farming, it is a more traditional Cabernet, with excellent red fruit, and balanced acid and tannin that disappear when having food. It is ready to enjoy now but will hold for up to 10 more years in a good cellar.
This version, with its’ strawberry and pink grapefruit flavors, will be at its best over the next 12-18 months and will work with many different foods. Rosé is no long-er a wine just for Summer!
This Port is very much in the same mold as previous years though, perhaps just a little sweeter and richer than the ’14 version although that sweetness is balanced by cleansing tannin and acidity. (500 ml)
On a recent trip to the mountains I took along a bottle of the 2016 version and it had just the right amount of structure to match the great red berry fruitiness and I wished I’d kept more back in the cellar. I expect this 2018 version to follow much of the same path. I like it now with anything grilled and think it will get better for the next 3 or 4 years if you have the patience. No wonder the vines weren’t pulled out in 100 years!