95 + Points
Pale to medium garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Melange Rouge has a profound nose of red and black cherries, violets, and dark chocolate with underlying licorice, Sichuan pepper, smoked meats, and tar. The medium to full-bodied palate is lively and vibrant - pop-rocks in your mouth - with lots of texture interest combining plush and chewy, and bright and lifted fruit leading to a peppery finish. The blend is 54% Syrah (from Slide Hill and Rancho Boa Vista vineyards, to blend warmer and cooler climate Syrah), 25% Grenache (from Slide Hill and Zaca Mesa vineyards, again for the warm and cool climate), 9% Graciano (Martian Ranch), 6% Petite Sirah (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds - Happy Canyon), and 6% Viognier (Jack McGinley). The wine was fermented with 40% whole clusters, mainly on the Syrah, and spent 21 months in barrel, 35% new.
Slide Hill Vineyard (Edna Valley AVA), Rancho Boa Vista Vineyard (Ballard Canyon AVA), Zaca Mesa Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley AVA), Tommy Town Thoroughbred Vineyard (Happy Canyon), Martian Ranch Vineyard (Alisos Canyon AVA), and Jack McGinley (Happy Canyon AVA)