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2014 Abbot's Passage - Points Unknown
Points Unknown is a brooding and opulent blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, hailing from the gravelly alluvial soils at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. This Rhône blend, born on California soil, is aptly named for its hybrid style melding old-world dirt and new-world fruit.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Points, Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier
93 Points, The Tasting Panel
ABOUT THIS WINE:
|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Varietal:||Rhone-Style Field Blend|
|Appellation:||Steel Plow Vineyard, Sonoma Valley|
Sourced primarily from Steel Plow Vineyard at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, this vineyard boasts three distinct soil types, Cortina, Los Robles and Yolo, each composed of gravelly loam. A variety of drought-resistant French, Italian and American rootstocks support deficit-irrigation and organic farming practices. The clones originated from the budwood of Rhône Valley’s celebrated Chateau Beaucastel, arriving at Steel Plow Vineyard via Tablas Creek Nursery.
This field blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre exudes a dark, brooding opulence reflective of its alluvial rock roots. Deep and ruby-hued, this wine reveals sultry aromas of licorice, black pepper and pipe tobacco with lifted notes of dried lavender. A soft and full entry introduces flavors of lush black cherry and blackberry pie, intermingled with earthy notes of sarsaparilla root and soft leather. Medium tannins and balanced acidity support a structured finish accented with warm baking spices. This wine is enchanting now, but will age elegantly for 10 years.