Keplinger Sumo Petite Sirah Blend 2015 750ml
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Keplinger Sumo Petite Sirah Blend 2015

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Sumo is a Cote Rotie twist on Petite Sirah - Petite Sirah co-fermented with Viognier, and blended with a small amount of Syrah. The 2015 Sumo is a blend of 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah, and 3% Viognier, all from Shake Ridge Vineyard. The Petite comes from three blocks, one is 80% rock and produces small, thick-skinned berries with intense aromatics and dense structure. The second Petite block also has very rocky soil with a western exposure - the berries are ever so slightly larger and the skins slightly thinner (remember this is still Petite!), bringing a juicy elegance to the blend. The third Petite block is at the bottom of a north-facing block, and is all about vibrant, fresh fruit - the lifter of the trio. The 2015 Sumo was aged in a mix of barriques, Muids d'Oc, and Demi Muids - all French Burgundian cooperage - 70% of which was new. The nose is super dark and exotic, showing layers of blackberry concentrate, tar, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, black peppercorn, turpentine. The palate is massive, with blue and black fruit, crazy spice, creosote, and a long, plush finish. Ah, Sumo. 295 cases produced.
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Broad and burly, but wrapped in a polished exterior, with plump blueberry, tar and sandalwood accents that take on power toward the bold but refined tannins. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier. Best from 2019 through 2028. 290 cases made.

April 30, 2018

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