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2019 The Source

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"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
Tasting Notes
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
94+ pts, Jeb Dunnuck | “The Syrah-driven 2019 The Source also has some meaty, bloody nuances as well as ripe black and blue fruits, notes of iron, white pepper, and leather, medium to full body, beautiful overall balance, and a great finish. I always seem to find a Hermitage-like character from the Kimsey Vineyard, and this beauty has it in spades. It will benefit from 2-3 years in bottle and keep for a decade."
93 pts, Vinous | "...Dark berry, incense and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of vanilla and candied licorice. Sweet, broad and seamless in the mounth, offering lush blueberry, cherry liqueur, violet pastille and cola flavors supported by a core of juicy acidity..." - Josh Raynolds

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.”
Food Pairings
Game Meat and Prawn Paella | Chef Rachel Ponce
Wine Specs
93% Syrah, 7% Grenache
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
Kimsey, John Sebastiano, Bien Nacido, Alta Colina, Live Oak Ranch, Denner
The wine rested for 20 months 56% new French oak
Bottling Date
280 cases on June 11, 2021
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