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2015 Skylark "Red Belly" North Coast Rhône Blend (Previously $20)

SKU #1451660 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another great value is the 2015 Skylark Red Belly, a deliciously gulpable blend of 42% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 28% Syrah brought up in neutral barrels. It has loads of mulled cherries, red currants, leather, and peppery herb aromatics, medium body, a forward, supple, elegant texture, and a great finish, all making for a seriously easy quaffing, high quality red worth drinking.  (11/2018)

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Skylark is a micro-small winery operation spearheaded by two wine industry veterans cum San Francisco taste makers: John Lancaster and Rob Perkins. Together they built the wine program at the venerable Boulevard Restaurant. The Red Belly is their ode to the South of France where blending varietals to achieve the perfect synergy is the way of life. 2015 Red Belly is a composition of two Carignane sites in Redwood Valley - their old friend Niemi vineyard and the addition of 100 year old vines from Casa Verde Vineyard, a ¼ mile to the south of Niemi. Lawer Vineyard in Knights Valley is the Syrah element which adds depth and power to the final blend. The final piece of the puzzle is Grenache from Charlie Sawyer's vineyard above Ukiah, adding florals and that silky, spiced red cherry fruit.

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By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2019 | Send Email
Skylark hits all the right notes with this Southern France inspired blend sourced from heritage vineyard sites across the North Coast. Carignane, Syrah, & Grenache synergize to create notes of refreshing raspberries, tart black plums, blackberry bushes, with a rustic touch of savory Mediterranean herbs. The tannins are seamlessly intertwined in this medium body wine, ending with a smooth, slightly creamy finish. I could not help but think about indulging in some BBQ & baby back ribs while enjoying this wine. Definitely going to keep some in the reserves at home for my next BBQ night.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2019 | Send Email
The Red Belly from Skylark is not only a greatly priced Rhone style blend from the North Coast, it also just happens to be really damn good. 40% Carignan, 40%Syrah and 20% Grenache makes this blend really well balanced with the perfect medium body... and with 4 years of age, the wine is extremely approachable to anybody who wants to expand their palette a little more. There's fantastic notes of plum, black cherry, followed by a little herbaceous note and mellow acidity. The Red Belly is a true treat for your belly ;)~

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2019 | Send Email
Once again, our friends at Skylark Wine Co. have come up with an amazing opportunity for us. Following on the success of our Skylark Grenache offer, we’re now selling their 2015 Red Belly blend at the same low price. Like the Grenache offer, this bottle has a few years of bottle age under its belt which has only benefited the wine . This Carignane, Syrah, Grenache blend (from old vine vineyards) possesses a world of red and black berries with a hint of roasted herbs and a touch of licorice. The wine is both savory and juicy. No doubt you’ll be able to pour this wine with abandon throughout the holidays. But, like our Grenache offer, I anticipate this too well sell out fast. We took the entire inventory so don’t miss out on this one-shot deal.

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