2017 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah-Grenache Rosé

SKU #1350405 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This refreshing wine is a blend of 62% Syrah and 38% Grenache. It quenches in notes of strawberry, peach and a hint of gaminess. Velvety smooth and dangerously easy to enjoy, it's light and brightly layered in acidity. *Editors' Choice* (VB)  (8/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Brilliant orange-pink. A complex bouquet evokes fresh red berries and blood orange, and a floral note emerges and builds steadily with air. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a bracing orange zest nuance. Finishes very long and smooth, featuring stony cut and a repeating floral note. Drink 2018-2020. (JR)  (8/2018)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Although its cépage might suggest a certain weightiness will be found here, this pale, brassy-pink wine is, very much to the contrary, a fairly bright and lively Rosé that is racy and fairly light on its feet. It is medium-bodied and keys insistently on stone fruits and citrus, and, although it is dry, it has a certain juicy appeal that is central to its success. It is quite nicely balanced and firms where it needs firming, and it is yet another well-crafted Rosé that will work as well at the table as it will when sipped without food.  (7/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 62% Syrah and 38% Grenache, the 2017 Estate Rosé is pale salmon-pink in color with gorgeous cherry and red roses perfume with hints of aniseed, black pepper and dried herbs. Light to medium-bodied, refreshing and elegant, it has great freshness and a good long, fragrant finish. (LPB)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "62% Syrah & 38% Grenache. Aroma: Wet Stone, Grapefruit Zest. Flavor: Meyer Lemon, Fresh Strawberry, Limestone. Mouthfeel: Focused, Mouthwatering Acid, Clean Finish. In August of 2012, just prior to harvest, a close friend in the wine business and I travelled through the Southern Rhone region of France. Towards the tail end of the trip, we migrated south into Provence. The following few days spent on the shores of the Mediterranean eating mussels and drinking bottle after bottle of rosé in the village of Cassis and enjoying lunches of roasted chicken with more rose in the small village of Correns were some of the most influential days in my life as far as wine is concerned. I came back from that trip committed to making "true" rosé. This is not a saignee or "bleed" of Pinot Noir or Zinfandel; the grapes were grown and picked specifically for this wine. Our goal start to finish, is to create a wine that somehow brings the feelings and flavors of the rosé and mussels in the open air restaurant in Cassis to our homes, backyards, and tables here."

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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.


- 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:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7