Keplinger "Lithic - Shake Ridge Vineyard" Amador County Rhone Blend 2016

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Keplinger "Lithic - Shake Ridge Vineyard" Amador County Rhone Blend 2016
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Region: Sierra Foothills
Color: Red
Country/State: California
94 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (5/2019) "The 2016 Lithic is bright, energetic and pulsing with energy. Dark red and purplish berry fruit, rose petal, mint and spice all flesh out in this beautifully delineated Mourvedre/Grenache/Syrah blend. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding a final kick of freshness. This is such a gorgeous wine."
93 Wine Advocate (10/29/2018) "The 2016 Lithic is a blend of 41% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre and 27% Syrah aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers compelling lilacs, kirsch and redcurrant jelly notes with red licorice and hints of anise, cinnamon stick, tar and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, firm and with wonderful freshness, it has a fine-grained texture and very long, spicy finish. 280 cases produced."
94 Wine Enthusiast (9/30/2019) "Distinctive and expressive, with floral orange zest, dried cherry, cured meat and cracked pepper flavors that take on structure toward big but polished tannins. Hands off for now. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2027. 280 cases made."
95 James Suckling (5/3/2019) "This is very tight and layered with beautiful plum and blackberry character and hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied, dense and focused. Chewy and tightly wound, but shows polish and focus. Solid. Grenache, mourvedre and syrah. Drink now."
95 Jeb Dunnuck (1/31/2019) "Another release from the Sierra Foothills, the 2016 Lithic comes from vines planted in 2002 and 2006 and is a blend of 41% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, and the rest Syrah that saw some stems in the ferments and 16 months in 15% new, larger barrels. This medium to full-bodied effort has beautiful elegance and purity as well as a great nose of blueberries, ground pepper, wild strawberries, and violets. It's another Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike that does everything right and is up with some of the top GSM blends coming out of California today."
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Drinkability
Gets better with age
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Sustainable


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