2009 Syrah, Zabala Vineyard - 6 Bottles
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The Zabala Vineyard is located along the northern bank of the region's seasonal creek. It is a riverbed site that features meager surface soil types which are littered with river stone. With hardpan lens just 3 to 6 feet below the surface this property is extremely low yielding. Further, strong afternoon winds (akin in certain respects to the Rhone Valley's Mistral) and daily fogs result in long hang-times and wonderful fruit. Mercy sources three clones from the Zabala family (clone 7 an Aussie Shiraz clone, and two French ENTAV clones 470 and 877) which all get co-fermented in small open top bins. Ultimately the wine spent 22 months in French oak barrels (16% new) and has a rich structure with very fine and elegant tannins.
"Expressive aromatics of black cherry, boysenberry and black plum fruit mix are evident with the added savoriness of shoe polish, leather, flint and Asian five spice powder. Clean, clear, elegant and sophisticated on the palate, it shows good flavor concentration with the same dark fruit flavors in the mix. New oak is applied judiciously and supports the firm but supple tannins on the finish that give this wine a good grip." - Dennis Schaefer (Schaefer on Wine, Santa Barbara News-Press, November 1, 2012, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy")
9.1 - James Melendez / James the Wine Guy - "Raspberry-Blackberry Confit, roasted fennel, and smoked sweet spices." 2011 Top 100 Wines
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