Callaghan Vineyards

Archives: November 2014

Pax “Keltie” Syrah, North Coast 2005

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Purple/red.

Nose of tapenade, menthol, smoked meat, leather and game. Food not fruit.

Vinous, with no extraneous textural sweetness. Tannic density apparent immediately, saturating the front teeth completely. Still very much an infant, this needs years in a good cellar. But all the stuffing is there for killer drinking by 2020 and years after.

$65. A 100% whole cluster wine from many vineyards (I think)..

Marcassin, Pinot Noir, Marcassin Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2001

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Dull red.

Discreet nose – cinnamon, orange, baked apple, smoked meat, underbrush….

Round and suave, with a bruised orange character I associate with Rioja usually. Interesting acid/tannin/sulfide synergy in the mid-palate yields a saline quality as well. I’ve had mixed luck with the ’01s and ’03s. Tight and tough going with sulfide action stunting expression. But this is the best aromatic display yet, so who knows?

$125

Clarendon Hills “Roma’s” Grenache, Clarendon 2006

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Deep red.

Suave aromas of black raspberry coulis, toasted hazelnut and a light eucalyptus note.

Round and suave on entry, then mid-palate clenched by strong acidity. Delicious flavors mirroring nose struggle to make it to the finish. But they do. Barely. Currently dis-jointed. Must admit I have no idea if this will become more cohesive or more abrasive with additional bottle age.

$70.  100% old vine Grenache from Blewitt Springs Vyd (I think) and sees a decent bit of new oak.