2019 The Source
"The journey is part of the experience — an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca." — Anthony Bourdain
The Source is vivacious, full-bodied and multi-layered. Baker’s chocolate and black forest cake, ripe blackberries, and cassis flourish with tones of cracked pepper, smoky bacon, aromatic Herbes de Provence and leather. Tannins are refined with mouthwatering acidity to back them up. The Source is a savory, meaty showstopper of a Syrah.
Varietals were handpicked in October at the peak of flavor ripeness and phenolic maturity. Grapes were carefully cluster sorted, 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. After a cold maceration, daily punch-downs, pump-overs and pneumotage were conducted.
95 pts + Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast | “This bottling offers aromas of violet and asphalt while remaining tightly wound on the nose. The palate is intensely dense and concentrated without being too ripe or overbearing, as waves of violet, açai, pepper and asphalt flow across a seamlessly integrated sip.” - Matt Kettmann
93 pts, Owen Bargreen | “The 2019 ‘The Source’ displays ripe black cherry liquor, cigar ash and hints of beef brisket … Fullbodied, with a good acid backbone …”
92 pts, James Suckling | “Blackberry, ink-pot and lavender aromas follow through to a full body with crushed berries and stone.”
92-94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck | “The more Syrah-dominated 2019 The Source is 93% Syrah and 7% Grenache. I like its balance slightly more, and it has an assortment of darker berry fruits as well a peppery spice and violet aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated.”
93% Syrah, 7% Grenache
Kimsey, John Sebastiano, Bien Nacido, Alta Colina, Live Oak Ranch, Denner
The wine rested for 20 months 56% new French oak
280 cases on June 11, 2021