2013 Dane Cellars Valeria
Region: Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States of America
Second of the threesome reds from Dane Cellars. Dark garnet red. Very gamey attack on the nose with savory notes such as iron and grilled herbs. Day one on the palate mirrored the nose, notes of iron, pepper and meat. Moderate tannins (6/10) and moderate plus body. Slight heat that dissipated on day two. Day two the nose of the Mourvedre really came through, with purple floral notes. Palate added in some greenery and flowers. Heat began to come up with a long finish.
This wine is a Rhone blend of 47% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 8% Counoise. All are widely planted in the Rhone region, the last one being a very unusual one within the USA. Counoise is a rich varietal that tends to have a lot of spicy pepper characteristics. Beautiful blend that has the guts inside to age for a solid 8 or so years, great value!
2016 till 2024.
Price Point:$$ - Sample provided by the Estate. Can be purchases at the Estate or online for $28.00.