“Grenache delivers everything that Pinot Noir promises…” -Unknown The MAHA Estate and James Berry Vineyard join forces again to create one badass Grenache. A deep magenta color pulls you into the glass. Notes of cranberry, muddled spring flowers, musk and Absinthe conjure a scene from Moulin Rouge. Steeped cherries, candied orange peel, anise, white pepper and modest tannins transition to a generous palate with great purity and precision. Several years of cellaring will reward those who have restraint and patience. For those of you who want a YUMMY Grenache NOW (think Veruca Salt), splash decant it and watch the Moulin Rouge emerge. Drink 2023-2035
The 2019 Bone White is wonderful balance of richness and tension. It is a wine for all seasons. Drink it cold on a warm summer day or at cellar temp on a cool winter night. Notes of orange marmalade, apricot and brioche tee up a generous palate of honey drizzled pear finished with a pinch of sea salt that transcends to a focused thread of minerality and freshness. This wine is firing on all cylinders at the moment but will age gracefully for 10-20 years. Drink 2022-2035
This wine punches well above its weight class. The golden honey color grabs your attention. A playful and spicy bouquet of lemon curd, quince and ginger jump from the glass. A silky palate of grilled citrus, tropical fruits and nori blossom to an opulent wine framed with just the right amount of tension. The combination of power, energy and fruit here is something to behold. While enjoyable at the moment, do yourself a favor and lose a few of these in your cellar for a number of years. Drink 2022-2035
High Road is in its 19th vintage. From day one this wine has shown its place. The subtle changes over the years have been the winemaker’s interpretation of the vintage. A dark ruby color (like those slippers) grabs your attention to let you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Vibrant red fruits, Moroccan spices and black licorice jump out of the glass. The palate is elegant, dark and juicy complicated with cassis, steeped cherries, violets and grilled lamb jus. Texturally intoxicating, it strikes a perfect balance of opulence and verve. Take a position on this one, so you have a few stashed for down the road. You will be glad you did! Drink 2023-2040
Inky violet stains the glass. A seductive nose complicated with boysenberry, baking spices, Szechuan pepper, graphite and tar. The palate is rich, powerful and seductive. Black fruits, cocoa, green olive tapenade and nori create a wonderful palate of umami. The wine is lively with great mid-palate followed by a complex seamless finish framed with sweet tannins that will soften with a few years in your cellar. Decanting for several hours in the near term is recommended but patience always pays off in spades. Drink 2023-2040
The Smith family was on the forefront of utilizing sustainable farming methods, like cover crops to build soil health, dry farming and working with the native flora and fauna rather than eliminating it. These are practices that are now common among top quality grape growers. In many ways, they were our inspiration to plant and farm the MAHA organically and Biodynamically. This wine is a meshing of our two vineyards, the older James Berry vineyard deeply rooted (literally and figuratively) in the Willow Creek District, and MAHA, whose young vines enjoy similar soils and slightly less coastal fog at a higher elevation. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Graciano and Petite Sirah create a full throttled hedonistic wine that is not for the faint of heart. It is inky and glass-staining with seductive notes of black fruits, smoked meats, citrus rind, and exotic spice. A core of great intensity is framed by polished tannins, offering great pleasure and length. Delicious now but built for the long haul, this wine will strut its stuff with some short term cellaring. Drink now-2030.