Twenty Three Twenty 2015
94pts - Robert Parker
94 points | Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 32% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Viognier, the 2015 Twenty Three Twenty Signature Estate sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black cherries, spiced blackberries and crème de cassis with suggestions of sandalwood and dried Provence herbs. The full-bodied palate delivers taut, muscular black fruits and spice box layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and layered.
Twenty Three Twenty is Adelaida’s flagship non-traditional blend combining the best blocks of multiple varieties from our Estate Vineyards in a winemaker tour-de-force blend. This year’s blend emphasizes the weight and density of Syrah, the muscularity of low yield Petite Sirah, savory meatiness of Mourvedre balanced by the firm structure and fruit precision of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. A soupcon of Viognier is present as an aromatic enhancer for the red Rhone varieties.
Like a master stonecutter fitting the building blocks of a great cathedral each chosen grape variety fits into place creating a harmony of flavors - dense black fruits, the aroma of roasted red pepper skins, damp earth and a long languorous dark chocolate infused spice laden finish. This is a complex wine with rewards for additional ageing (through 2025) but eminently drinkable now, recommend decanting.
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Adelaida has 6 sustainably farmed properties in the coastal influenced Santa Lucia mountain range on the west side of the Paso Robles appellation. Situated on steep hillsides, these sites lie within the ‘Adelaida District’, a sub-AVA in the north-west corner of the wine region. Elevation (1500-2000 ft.), slope, chalk rock sub soils (calcareous limestone) and extreme diurnal temperature swings (averaging 45 degrees) produce wines with distinct expressions of their ‘terroir’.
This year’s blend emphasizes the weight and density of Syrah, the muscularity of low yield Petite Sirah, savory meatiness of Mourvedre balanced by the firm structure and fruit precision of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. A soupcon of Viognier is present as an aromatic enhancer for the red Rhone varieties. The 2015 vintage produced low yields of excellent quality. The 5 varieties were picked throughout the month of September. The individual lots were de-stemmed, hand sorted, fermented in small batch oak and s/s fermenting vessels using indigenous yeast cultures. Individual wines matured in French oak before blending.
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