2011 Torrin "The Banshee" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1160350 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 53% Syrah, 32% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache that was aged in 55% new French oak barrels, the 2011 The Banshee offers loads of spice, white and black pepper, licorice and assorted darker berry fruit to go with a full-bodied, seamless style on the palate. I love the texture here, and it has a savory, chewy profile that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and evolve nicely for over a decade. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, violet and smoky Indian spices, with a zesty mineral nuance adding vivacity. Offers an array of sappy black and blue fruit flavors complicated by star anise and allspice. Finishes on a subtly sweet note, with outstanding energy, easygoing tannins and excellent focus. (JR)  (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

 A dense, chunky, tannic effort, with a tight core of dark berry, earth, tobacco and cedar buried within. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Web-Only 2015 (JL)

K&L Notes

Torrin's notes: "The 2011 Banshee, while darker and more masculine than The Maven, also harnesses the unique nature of the vintage. Weighing in as the highest percentage of the wine, the Syrah forms the structural foundation, but it is the Mourvedre that gives it its character and soul. Black fruits are abundant but kept in check by floral notes of lavender and hints of tobacco and fennel. Again the vintage and place dictates the essence of a wine so while this has the Torrin signature weight and texture, it is in the subtleties and layers rather than sheer mass that heart of this wine will truly be expressed."

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.