The 2012 Eruption is rich and intense. The wine has aromas of fresh blueberries, toasted brioche, black cherries, and mocha, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and unctuous. The palate explodes with blackberries, dark currants, and clove while it layers supple and round coating tannins, making the wine both hedonistic while simultaneously elegant. The texture of this wine is perhaps its most distinguishing trait – mouth-coating with an endless finish. Be certain to have a second bottle on hand, the first won't last very long.
This wine pairs great with bbq pork spareribs, filet mignon or Penne alla'Amatriciana with fresh tomatoes, capers, onions, pancetta and pecorino cheese.
"The chalk-like tannins and lean lines of stoniness are evident from Volcano Ridge Vineyard at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The wine was blended early from Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, and bottled without filtration. The eruption does indeed commence with the first sip: a flow of black fruit, coffee beans, currants, red berries and a nice touch of cherries dipped in cocoa powder. A definitive black pepper thread runs throughout the juicy, texturally satin, concentrated mouthfeel."
"Hailing from a vineyard planted at 2,200 feet on the slope of an extinct volcano, this unconventional blend of syrah, malbec, mourvedre and petite sirah—fermented without inoculation—carries a plump and floral ripeness that’s satisfying. It’s girded by firm, glinting black tannins that seem to speak directly to Lake County's volcanic terroir. It’s a great buy, and would sing with juicy lamb shoulder."
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