Rhone Ranger 3 Pack - 94 Points


Rhone Ranger 3 Pack - 94 Points

REGULAR PRICE 159.99 NOW 144.99

The 3 Pack includes 1 bottle each of:  Gallica 2013 Suzuri GSM –  Longtable 2012 “The Gathering” GSM -  Sans Liege “The Offering” GSM


Gallica 2013 Suzuri GSM

The Story: Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, but recently added the Suzuri series, high-quality, but well-priced Red blends.  The currnet release is a blend of 53% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier.

The Wine; Always exotic and wonderfully expressive wines hail from Ann Kraemer’s beautiful Shake Ridge Ranch (home of some well-regarded wines like Keplinger, etc.). The 2013 vintage is a lively and seriously age worthy blend of Grenache, Syrah,

Mourvèdre and Viognier. This big, bold wine offers up stunning aromas of Kirsch, red stone fruits and a touch of white pepper.  On the palate, this full-bodied red shows gorgeous, harmonious well-balanced fruit.  Beautiful red stone, pomegranate, white chocolate, mineral and spice flavors coat the palate. Leading into a long, intense, yet silky finish.


Galloni 94 Points: “The 2013 Red Wine Shake Ridge Vineyard, Gallica's Amador County red blend, is superb. Radiant, intense and refined, the 2013 is endowed with superb purity. Pomegranate, sweet red cherry, spice and mint are all beautifully delineated in this impeccably, totally striking, translucent wine. A touch of whole clusters adds lift and energy. What a gorgeous wine this is.”


Longtable 2012 “The Gathering” GSM


The Story:  Screenwriter Jeff Strauss and his wife Mindy Schultheis purchased the former Kitty Hawk vineyard in 2003.  This property sits at 900-1100 feet elevation at Mt. Veeder.  They completely replanted the vineyard and hired winemaker extraordinaire Charles Thomas (Lokoya, Cardinale, Rudd, Quintessa, etc.) to oversee the winemaking from this great estate.


The Wine:  The Gathering is a blend of  61% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 4% Counoise, 3% Mourvedre , all estate grown at their Mt. Veeder property.  The wine evolves and Grenache moves toward center-stage with Syrah,  This is a powerful, yet amazingly well-balanced wine.  This bold youngster offers up voluptuous, dark red and black fruit that is loaded with pure and intense flavors of chocolate, boysenberry, Bing cherry and, a hint of savory notes and a whiff of  licorice on the long finish. Only 5 barrels produced!



Sans Liege “The Offering” GSM



The Story: Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high-quality Rhone blends at a very respectable price level for years. Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about over a decade ago, and the rest is history. Today Sans Liege has a worldwide fan base, even as far as Japan, Belgium and South America. The 2013 “Offering” is by far the best ever!


The Wine: The 2013 Offering (a blend of 48% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier) is a wine that captures the imagination and challenges expectations, it displays a beautiful purity and depth that is reminiscent of having a summer picnic in an ancient church. Resinous scents of black cherry cola, frankincense, fresh-peeled Clementine orange and vanilla extract lead to a well-structured and balanced palate of curried mix-berry cobbler, turmeric, dark chocolate cocoa nibs and black pepper with rocky, persistent tannins.

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