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Wednesday
Mar202013

Special Report | 2010 Petrichor Les Trois Rhone Blend

Petrichor Estate, owned by Jim and Margaret Foley is nestled in at 1100 feet on the western ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma. I began following this brand last year with the premiere release of the 2009, made by Duncan Arnot Meyers. The 2010 has come into its own since tasting next to the premiere release earlier. Produced from what they grow in vineyards planted around their home, it yielded a mere 173 cases of a Grenache/Syrah blend. Aged in 100% neutral French Oak, the wine underwent native yeast fermentation.

 

2010 Petrichor Red Wine Les Trois                      

Sonoma County, Estate, 13.5%  GR|SR, 173 cs. $48 

The nose unapologetically shows off a richly-textured savory olive and carbon depth that reminds me of an old-school mixed blacks California red from the mid-sixties (Louis Martini, perhaps?). Underneath that first impresssion are layered blackberry, graphite, currant, cherry, licorice and purple herbs. As with the 2009, I find an inspired bandwidth of aromas that are quite exciting to discover; they come as quickly as I write them. The palate is beautifully textured with polished red currant and mocha along with well-formed structure. The wine is 70% whole cluster fermented and contains Alban clone Grenache, and Syrah from the plantings of 877 and 470. Drink 2013 - 2017. 91+ pioints

www.petrichorvineyards.com 

 

 

 

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