Banshee wines on a Roll!

Banshee WinesThree friends. A missed turn. An intimate tasting with Robert Parker. Copious amounts of Champagne. A bird statue in a window.  This is the genesis of Banshee.  Since then they’ve come a long way in short time but the goal hasn’t changed: to craft distinctive wine that over-delivers in every possible way.  They want to give the world wines with real joie de vivre.  Banshee owns no vineyards of its own (yet!) but works in lock-step with high-end vineyard owners and wineries to produce wines of depth, purity and balance.  They spend ridiculous amounts of time working on finalizing each blend, and then try to convince people that “It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.”

Banshee 2010 Mordecai Red
Retail 26.99 – GGWC 24.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
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The 2010 Banshee Mordecai Red has a whopping thirteen varietals! The only other wine with 13 varietals is Chateuneuf du Pape, with 9 Red and 4 white. The 2010 blend consists of: Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Carignane (whew I ran out of breath here). One could call this bouillabaisse, but all joking aside, this is an awesome great value priced wine. The result is a worthy follow up to the success of their inaugural blend. This vintage, a Napa Cabernet parcel stepped up to take the lead role but it is fascinating  to  see  how  the  other  varieties express themselves. The Syrah adds a little spiciness, the Grenache bright red fruit, and the Cabernet Franc an intriguing nose. Each piece adds something distinct and essential to the wine.   We like to think of this as a marriage between Bordeaux and Rhone, consummated in California.

Banshee 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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The blend of the 2009 vintage is 87% Cabernet, 8% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec – all sourced throughout the Napa Valley including the Ink Grade Vineyard atop Howell Mountain, the low yielding Stagecoach Vineyard in Pritchard Hill, and Coombsville on the valley floor. The wine was aged for 20 months in a mix of new (90%) and one year old French oak barrels. The resulting wine once again manages to find itself dancing comfortably between gregarious crowd-pleaser and poet philosopher. It begins with a pretty floral, lavender and sweet cherry nose. This leads into a middle weight classic palette of black currents, cherry and tobacco. This is all underpinned by a well-integrated set of tannins. A touch of acidity buoys the whole. While it is perfectly accessible now it will age effortlessly on its impeccable balance for another decade.

Banshee 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
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This elegant wine meets the eye with a medium ruby hue and offers up subtle hints of cherry and forest floor on the nose. On the palate one finds again a mix of Ranier and black cherries, mountain strawberries, rosehip tea and plum. There are some savory notes following through the finish that give the wine a clean line from front to back.

Banshee 2011 Mordecai Blanc
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Hailing from the coolest climates of northern California, where minerals and acidity reign supreme, the 2011 Mordecai White marries the classic Northern Italian varietals of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Tocai Friulano, with a cool climate parcels of Chenin Blanc and Viognier. The wine possesses beautiful aromatics with floral and honeysuckle accents, followed by nectarine, apricot and pear nuances. A streak of minerality and citrus darts through stone fruit flavors right to the finish, tying the whole package together with verve and cut.  The wine is a blend of  40% Chardonnay- Sonoma Coast, 19% Sauvignon Blanc- Lake County, 11% Viognier- Sonoma County, 10% Chenin Blanc- Clarksburg and  9% Tocai Friuliano- Mendocino

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