“Site” is a venture from Jeremy Weintraub (longtime Seavey winemaker). He sources from the best “Sites” in California. This latest Red Rhône blend is just a good example. The 2018 Site Red Rhône is sourced from the Larner Vineyard. The Larner Vineyard would be considered a “Grand Cru” if it was located in France.
Accolades: “Top Grand Cru Vineyards in California by Wine Spectator ~ Top Five California Vineyards by Wall Street Journal ~ Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits ~ California’s Best Single Vineyards by Wine Enthusiast ~ Top 5 Vineyards You Can Trust by Pinot Report ~ Ten Best Vineyards by Food & Wine, etc.” many 95+ Ratings from various publications.
Site 2018 Red Rhône Blend, Larner Vineyard Santa Barbara
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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “The 2018 Red Wine Larner Vineyard is Syrah-based but includes 17% Grenache and 4% Viognier, all fermented with 23% whole clusters and brought up in 50% new oak. Deep purple-colored, with fabulous notes of smoked blackberries, cassis, ground pepper, and violets, it's full-bodied and has a seamless texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It might be the finest wine I've tasted under this label.”
Robert Parker 95+ Points: “The 2018 Red Wine Larner Vineyard is reminiscent of a classic Cornas with its intensely savory, gamey character. Medium ruby-purple, the nose offers singular scents of mesquite-grilled meats, cast iron, cracked pepper and bacon fat, with a core of black and blue fruits that gain more clarity with time in the glass. The full-bodied palate is iron-laced and elegant, offering refined, grainy tannins, seamless freshness and a very long, uplifted finish. It will benefit from another 3-5 years in bottle and continue to gain complexity in bottle over the next decade or more.”
Winemaker Notes: “A blend of 79% Syrah, 17% Grenache, and 4% Viognier. Fermented with 23% whole clusters. The nose offers blackberries, crushed black pepper, and violets. The mouth is medium-weight ,supple, and carries a very long finish.”
Also check out their OTHER 96 Point rated wine – Site 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido Santa Barbara 96 Points
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