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2010 Keplinger Grenache Basilisk

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The mild summer of 2010 kicked off with an unseasonably cold June, which resulted in terrible set, especially in the Grenache. This translated to very low yields, and great concentration and saved me from frightening the vineyard owners later with a large fruit dropping pass at veraison. Both the Red Slope and Basilisk have really impressive concentration and focus.

We always keep our eyes and ears keen for undiscovered vineyards with compelling terroir and exceptional potential. The Basilisk is a new star from one of these magical places we discovered in the Russian River in 2007. It is a slide-inducingly steep rocky hillside, daily basking in the sun from its southern aspect the intriguing combination of a warm site in a cool region.

Russian River, 100% Grenache
This is our second vintage of the Basilisk - Grenache which is planted on a super-steep, very rocky hillside in the Russian River. This is a high-toned Grenache with intense purity. The aromatics are focused - wild strawberry, kirsch, orange blossom, slate, black tea, rose petal, crushed white rocks. The palate is focused - a core of raspberry coulis, floral notes, and exotic spices framed by fine, plush tannins and a long finish. It will reward patience. 65 cases produced.