2013 Russian River Valley "Two Acres" Red Wine
8% Petite Sirah
3% Alicante Bouschet
Quite honestly, Two Acres has been on an incredible run. In the early years, it seemed as if I always preferred the even years – 1998, 2000, 2002, and so on. But from 2007 on, the wines from these two acres of vines planted in 1910 have been absolutely lip-smacking delicious. The Petite, Peloursin, and Syrah were picked on October 4th and co-fermented as one lot while the Mourvèdre, Carignane, and Alicante were picked a week later and co-fermented in another lot. Usually a kitchen-sink blend of both lots is our favorite but in this vintage we preferred a blend that left out several barrels of the Mourvèdre lot. Indigenous fermentation on both lots. Only 15% new oak. Bottled unfined an unfiltered.
Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Stunning, totally seductive aromas of kirsch, forest floor, cured meats, with a touch of cardamom. As the wine enters the mouth, it caresses the palate with the most incredibly sensuous mouth-feel. I’m not sure why but this wine always makes me think of boudoirs and fine lingerie. It’s just so darn sexy! Fine-grained tannins make their presence known in the finish but overall, a wine of tremendous harmony and balance. Surprisingly open and accessible at this nascent stage, it should also age well. Enjoy from release through 2028. (MRO – 07/18/15)