2010 Banshee "Mordecai" Red Blend

SKU #1089891

What happens when a winery is able to secure small lots of fruit from some of the best vineyards in California, but not in large enough quanties to make affordable wine? Banshee's "Mordecai" is one winery's delicious solution. The 2010 blend consists of thirteen different varietals in all, but several varietals take center stage: Napa Cabernet sets the tone with an intense core of dark fruit and solid tannic structure as Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernet Franc add spice, body, and lift in a sort of Bordeaux-meets-Rhone story set in California. The cooler than average 2010 growing season comes through in the form of this wine's exceptional fragrance and elegant stature. Like the 2009, this is a polished and well-balanced blend available at a fraction of what you'd pay for single vineyard or single varietal wines from the vineyards they have access to. (They mention vineyard sources like Whitehawk, Alder Springs, Grist and Parmalee Hill as potential sources, but they can't actually reveal what they get from where.)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2012 | Send Email
Another incredible hit from our friends at Banshee! A self-proclaimed "marriage of Bordeaux and the Rhone, consummated in California", this 13 varietal blend does not disappoint! The winemakers say, "For the record, the blend consists of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Montepulciano, Mouvedre, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Carignane (whew)." Black fruit such as blackberry, plum, cassis, red fruit like raspberry, spice, tobacco and underlying earth. Easy, well-integrated tannins make this a very quaffable everyday wine. Snap it up while you can!

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5