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2016 Gaspard

THE STORY  

Legend has it that in 1224 a Knight named Gaspard, wounded and weary from the battles of the Albigensian Crusade, was given permission by the Queen of France to recover atop a granite peak in the storied Hermitage. Through with bloodshed, Gaspard became a hermit but was soon joined by others seeking similar refuge. Together, they began to tend the area’s mythical vines. 

Vintage NOTES 

Our 2016 Gaspard is a blend of Red Mountain vineyards, Red Heaven and Cheys, utilizing both the Joseph Phelps and Tablas Creek clones of syrah. The wine is vinified in concrete and aged in partially new French oak 600L barrels. 

Try with fattened meats such as duck, steak and lamb or a big, juicy heirloom tomato, sliced up and sprinkled liberally with salt and pepper.

VITALS :

100% Syrah

BIRTHPLACE:

Red Mountain AVA 

PRODUCTION :

327 Cases

ALCOHOL :

15.4%

pH:

3.86

RESIDUAL SUGAR :

0.3g/L

PURCHASE

“ "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, licorice and violet. Densely packed, vibrant and pure, with intense black fruit and dark chocolate flavors complicated by hints of stone and game. Finishes with serious, fine-grained tannins, excellent energy and sneaky, slowly building length"-Stephen Tanzer, Points 92+”

-- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

“The ‘Gaspard’ Syrah is an inky colored wine sourced from the Red Mountain AVA. Smoked brisket, blood orange and coffee ground aromatics fill the nose. On the mouth, there is good richness as the wine unveils black tea, mocha and blueberry compote flavors that connect with lighter citrus rind undertones. This is drinking marvelously now but will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028 - 92 points”

-- Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog

“Named after the famous knight who lived in the Chapelle on Hermitage Hill in France, the 2016 Syrah Gaspard reveals a deep, inky purple color as well as powerful notes of blue fruits, ground pepper, crushed violets, and graphite. It’s beautiful on the palate as well and is full-bodied, with terrific purity of fruit and a great finish, all while staying in the elegant, seamless end of the spectrum. - 95 points”

-- Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.cojkm
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