2008 Scaggs Vineyard Mt. Veeder Montage

2008 Scaggs Vineyard Mt. Veeder Montage

A blend of classic southern Rhone varietals: mourvedre, grenache , syrah and counoise. They're built around a mid-palate structure that relies on the firmness of mourvedre with the other varietals layering above and below it. Grenache, with its brightness and softness lifts the wine and the palate; mourvedre picks up where grenache leaves off and brings backbone and continuity to the whole; syrah adds spiciness and broadness in counterbalance to the less tannic, lower alcohol counoise. Before bottling the wine is aged in well-seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months.

Aromas of plum, lavender and raspberry jam elevate above deeper tones of leather, cassis, blackberry and spice. The wine is mouth filling, silky and lushly textured while finishing with ample structure and grip. The wine opens to greater depth with time in the glass, hinting at the rewards sure to come with further bottle age.