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2002 Granite Crown 750 ml Details

2002 Granite Crown 750 ml

50% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine is very concentrated, very velvety and you can sense immediate ripeness. The nose conveys softness and compactness. First you will notice the fruit, then the spiciness from Syrah (black pepper). On the palate the wine is very rich, mouth fulling. You can feel the richness of ripe fruit, YET not overripeness, no syrupy character in the ...
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$48.00 per Bottle
 
50% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine is very concentrated, very velvety and you can sense immediate ripeness. The nose conveys softness and compactness. First you will notice the fruit, then the spiciness from Syrah (black pepper). On the palate the wine is very rich, mouth fulling. You can feel the richness of ripe fruit, YET not overripeness, no syrupy character in the wine. The wine is very approachable - you don't have to age it nesessarily - -but if you will for another 2-4 years it will reward you with the increased complexity.

Excellent - Fredric Koeppel - 12.03.09

What We Ate and Drank Last Night
Anyway, for wine I opened a bottle of the Renaissance Vineyard & Winery Granite Crown “Vin de Terroir” 2002, Sierra Foothills, North Yuba. Yes, 2002 is the current release of this wine, a blend of 50 percent each syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The wine ages about 27 months in neutral German oak ovals, that is, large barrels that have been used so many times that they impart structure and spice to the wine but not the woodiness or toastiness of new oak. After that process, the wine rests in bottle for three and a half years before release. The result is an absolutely lovely wine, ripe, warm and fleshy, imbued with scents and flavors of spiced, macerated and stewed red and black currants and plums. There’s an extraordinary mineral edge — no wonder the wine is called “Granite Crown” — with touches of dust, lead pencil, orange rind, leather, mulberry and dark bitter chocolate. The tannins comes up after a few minutes, lending earthiness, a note of dried porcini, and ultimate austerity. The balance is delicately strung between succulence and dryness. Drink now through 2012 or ‘14. Production was 210 cases. Excellent. About $40.

Production Notes

210 cases

Wine Profile

Vintage 2002
Varietal Composition 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Syrah
Size 750 ml