2014 Comartin "Cuvée Cassidy" Santa Ynez Valley GSM

SKU #1335510 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sagebrush, wild cherry, pomegranate, anise and crushed slate notes show on the nose of this blend of 45% Grenache, 50% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Balanced acidity and tannins ensure good drinking both now and deep into the future, with chaparral-laced flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry and even watermelon. (MK)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Adam Comartin is a lifelong Grenache fan; he loves to play with the varietal in all its forms and expressions. He also is a believer in the philosophy that place is primary in winemaking. The 2014 Cuvee Cassidy, named for Adam’s youngest daughter, is a unique expression of the Tierra Alta vineyard. The soils here are very fine and sandy over a limestone base, which lends to the power of the aromatics. It is a relatively hot site for the Santa Ynez Valley, with a beautiful steep slope that takes advantage of both the breezes off the ocean to maintain acidity levels, and the morning sun exposure to develop fully ripe berries. The resultant wine is beautiful. Aromatically full of bramble fruit, cassis, sage, thyme and plum, it transitions on the palate into a medium-bodied wine with smooth tannin and a slight gamey undertone. The finish is long and savory with continued notes of cassis and sage. It’s in a perfect drinking window right now, and would be a great pairing for lamb.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2018 | Send Email
My affection for California Rhône-style blends runs deep and this dynamite Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre from Adam Comartin hits the mark. A lovely combination of pure brambly fruit, wild thyme, loamy earth and a lick of exotic French oak. Packed to the brim with forward fruit but beautifully balanced and fresh. The Syrah adds some depth and a dash of Mourvèdre a savory, brooding edge.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.