LIB: 2009 The Recluse, Broken Leg Vineyard

2009 The Recluse Syrah, Broken Leg Vineyard

92pts, Stephen Tanzer, May 2011

Anderson Valley

The Recluse is what we call our Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah beginning with the 2006 vintage to immortalize that little spider. The 2009 is 100% Broken Leg Vineyard. Like all of our red wines, we only use the machine for whatever level of de-stemming is desired. In this case only we de- stemmed 65% leaving the rest whole cluster. The Broken Leg vineyard also has Viognier planted so we picked a few hundred pounds with the Syrah to result in approximately 3% co-fermented Viognier in our final blend. Crushing is achieved via pigeage a pied (foot stomping). We do not make wine in plastic. All of our reds are fermented in open top wood vats and here we used our 4 ton vat. Wild yeasts are employed without nutrients or other enhancers. We punch down by hand up to 3x daily which is an extreme work out in a 4 ton tank with 35% whole cluster! The cooperage was a mix of 1-3 yr old French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was natural and completed by early summer. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration on January 27, 2011 and left to bottle age for 9 additional months.

92pts, Stephen Tanzer, May 2011

Saturated ruby. Varietally accurate aromas of dark berries, violet and smoke, with higher-pitched mineral and spice nuances building with air. Juicy, incisive and animated in the mouth, offering fresh blackberry and mulberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The spiciness comes back on the very long finish, which features lingering notes of soy sauce and candied violet. Approachable now but I'd come back to this in a couple of years.

Charcuterie, white and black pepper, tobacco and leather seduce the senses immediately. Cherry, blackberry and blueberry all laced with floral hints and blood orange prepare the palate. An iron ferrous quality runs through with long and chewy tannins. The finish will linger with more notes of cured meats, smoke and mulberry. This Syrah illustrates why we love this varietal and will offer hours of enjoyment as she reveals her secrets (if you can wait that long).

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