This single vineyard blend was inspired by France’s Rhone Valley and merged with our Mendocino home. This ranch is seriously breathtaking and we really try to make a wine to do justice to this incredible ranch.
Bob Blue, Winemaker
“Big, tight and tannic, this is a full-fledged dinner wine that needs to pair with a nice caloric veal shank or lasagna. It’s made with 80% Syrah, so the color is almost black, the aromas are spicy and smoky and the flavors feature black cherry, espresso and dark chocolate. The texture is both mouth filling and a bit astringent due to hefty tannins.”
Jim Gordon – Wine Enthusiast
“This vineyard, west of Highway 101 near Ukiah, rises from 1,700 to 2,200 feet with east and north-facing exposures. It produced a floral Syrah in 2013, which Bob Blue blended with 20 percent of other varieties, including Mourvedre, Grenache and zinfandel. It has the fresh scent of roses and the deep purple tones of salted plums. Tense and spicy, with a clean line in the end, this is a delicious match for salumi.”
Josh Green – Wine&Spirits
“This formidable Rhône-style blend has a deep color, smoky, toasted, and grilled-meat aromas, a dense and chewy texture and focused flavors like blackberries and black pepper.”
“Taut and well-built, with aromas of currant, crushed stone and licorice. Dense flavors of smoky plum and cracked pepper build toward big tannins.”
Biodynamic, Single Vineyard ‘The Butler’ 2013
Our 2013 The Butler showcases the intense character Biodynamic® grapes offer. The blend is predominately Syrah with the addition of Mourvedre, Grenache and Zinfandel for added complexity and interest. Each varietal was individually allowed to ripen to peak maturity before an extended harvest. The blend was aged for 24 months in French oak.
The resulting wine is filled with aromas of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of violets. It is a rich, velvety wine with good structure, well-integrated tannins and flavors of sweet oak and licorice spice.Appellation: Mendocino County Alcohol: 15.2%