Origin: Mendocino/Sonoma counties, CA
Retail Price: $22
Notes: This wine grows on us as
we taste it. It is a work in progress with evolving tweaks
as new vineyards come on line (see below). A dark appearance
of a deep purple jewel is complemented by lush, red fruit
smells of raspberry and cherry. A full yet soft body combines
with a pleasant mouthfeel to an even and progressively smooth
finish accented by some spice. Definitely good balance and
a fine treatment of wood aging (Date tasted: 08/24/02)
Here is a name for you: Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine
Estate. Benchland describes the growing conditions at the
vineyard. In the case of this vintage the Syrah fruit is from
Mendocino until new planting comes on line back in Sonoma.
Most of the juice is Syrah but a couple mystery varietals
have been thrown in for special accent: Zinfandel around five
percent with a hint of Viognier. This newer Rhône varietal
wine has a limited production of 2,400 cases but complements
the standard production of Bordeaux-style reds and Burgundy
white produced so far.
4155 Wine Creek Rd.
City: Healsburg, CA
Web site: www.michelschlumberger.com