Vailia From owner/winemaker, might be the wife of Russell From the owner/winemaker of Herman Story, but she is her “own” woman in this man’s wine world! Desparada is the culmination of 19 years of traveling and working for and in wine. Vailia has seen every side of the industry, from winemaking to harvesting, to importing, cold calling for sales, to managing brokerages, to working on restaurant floors, and managing a mobile bottling line. There’s something in wine that keeps her going. She’s a traveler by nature, and Desparada is what carries her. A no-nonsense lady, making no-nonsense, well-priced and good quality wines with a twist.
Desparada 2020 Soothsayer Proprietary Red Blend – 95 Points
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Velvety, generous, and fruit-forward, a juicy mix of blackberry, huckleberry, and blueberry puree flavors, with details of black pepper, Earl Grey tea, and toffee notes, finishing with candied violet notes.
Winemaker Notes: “Lace and vinyl, burnt sienna Pop-Tarts, the inability to resist yourself, slow fingers across black velvet, blackberry basement light out, sagebrush snack cakes, squirrel slumber party, Barcelona meat market 32% Cabernet Sauvignon,28% Sangiovese, 18% Barbera, 16% Tempranillo, 6% Petite Sirah.”
FMW 95 Points: On the nose, you are welcomed by gobs of gorgeous black fruit, a hint of chocolate, and a touch of underbrush that balance out the bouquet. On the palate, this bold, lush wine serves up a bright and powerful platter of gorgeous black currant and blackberry fruit laced with dark chocolate, anise, and a touch of leather. The palate overflows with flavors that linger into a long and complex finish. As always, A VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION!
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