100 Point Winemaker’s 290 case producer wins BLIND TASTING against the big ones!

In one of our last tasting group meetings we blind tasted Domestic Rhone Varietal and Rhone Blends. The lineup included:

The WINNER Was Keplinger “SUMO”, followed by DUMOL “Eddie’s Patch” Halcon “Elevación” and Keplinger “LITHIC” –  Our tasting group of 15 tasters voted as follows:

Keplinger Sumo 8 first, 3 second and 3 third place votes
Dumol “Eddie’s Patch”  2 first, 5 second, 2 third place votes
Halcon “Elevación”  2 first,  3 second, 2 third place votes
Keplinger Lithic 2 first, 2 second, 2 third place votes 

Keplinger 2016 “Sumo”
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Parker: “The 2016 Sumo is blended of 93% Petite Sirah and 7% Viognier, aged 16 months in 66% new French oak. It is very deep purple-black in color and a little closed, revealing notes of crushed raspberries, black cherries and warm plums plus hints of wild blueberries, spice box and roses. The palate is full-bodied with a firm frame of very ripe, plush tannins and oodles of freshness lifting the red and black berry flavors to a long perfumed finish. 295 cases produced.”

Winemaker: “The aromatics are incredibly vibrant, with layers of candied red fruit, lavender, gunmetal, garrigue, French violet candy, blackberry, and dried thyme. Broad, plush tannins frame the palate; savory notes laced with brambly blue and red fruit, dried herbs and heady floral notes carry the finish. 280 cases produced.”

Keplinger 2016 “Lithic”
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Parker: “The 2016 Lithic is a blend of 41% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre and 27% Syrah aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers compelling lilacs, kirsch and redcurrant jelly notes with red licorice and hints of anise, cinnamon stick, tar and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, firm and with wonderful freshness, it has a fine-grained texture and very long, spicy finish. 280 cases produced.”

Winemaker: “The 16 Lithic has a complex, thrilling evolution. The aromatics are incredibly vibrant, with layers of candied red fruit, lavender, gunmetal, garrigue, French violet candy, blackberry & dried thyme. Broad, plush tannins frame the palate; savory notes laced with brambly blue & red fruit, dried herbs & heady floral notes carry the finish. 280 cases produced.”

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