Delicacy. Power. Gentle power. Precision but richness that’d anticipate broader, soupier palate, but precise and structured with a beacon of acid that keeps the wine focused. Violets, vanilla, fresh organic cream, blueberries, toasty wood, super-soft, elegant, silky tannins. Very long finish and persistence of aroma and flavor. A wine with potential for aging and longevity but approachable and expressive now.
The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over a dinner years ago that I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm in 2001. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let’s do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels? Okay, I’ll send you some. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they’re ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did and the result was not only delicious but magical
Blend: 100% Syrah – Region: Jumilla, Spain – Artist: James Jean – Designer: Mr.Keedy and Basora – Winemaker: Oriol Illa