2011 Keplinger "Lithic" Amador County Rhône Blend

SKU #1190166 94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Edgy and rustic, with a dense, potent core of road tar, dark berry, black licorice and raspberry, this is a vital young wine that begs for cellaring, delivering purity, complexity and density. (JL) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark red cherries, menthol, tobacco and savory herbs are some of the many notes that flesh out in the 2011 Lithic. Even with all of its early appeal, the Lithic boasts tremendous depth and has the pedigree to develop beautifully for a number of years. The polished finish is striking, but today, the Lithic is showing just a hint of its potential. The blend is 46% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre and 23% Syrah, with the Mourvedre and Syrah clearly dominating today. All of the fruit was sourced from Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador. (AG) 92+ Inner quote mark (11/2013)

91 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, deep ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black cherry, blueberry and gun metal. Rich, tactile and sweet, offering lovely saline minerality and a strong crushed stone character. At once silky and energetic. Finishes broad, long, aromatic and classically dry, with excellent lift. (Cool nights help to preserve acidity here.) The syrah that goes into this wine is from north-facing vines. Both the syrah and grenache components of this very pure wine were partly fermented with whole clusters. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

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