All of the grapes for the Rediviva of the Stones come from the organic-certified Rockgarden Estate—a site the winery selected and developed specifically for this wine. Rockgarden is named for the famed basalt cobblestones
that make this alluvial section of Walla Walla Valley so renowned for winegrowing.
Vintage & Harvest: 2012 was an exceptional vintage, providing ideal weather at every stage of development. Spring was cool to temperate, with almost all of the rain falling in May and June.
July and August were dry, with beautiful weather and no extreme heat events. In the runup to harvest temperatures were in the 65º to 70º range, allowing to pick each variety exactly when wanted, with a perfect balance of sugar and acid. They harvested Joseph Phelps clone syrah on September 26th and October 5th, while the clone 174 syrah was picked on September 29th. The cabernet was harvested on October 20th, and mourvèdre arrived at the winery on October 23rd.
Both savory and sweet, this blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and mourvèdre displays lovely depth and density, with vivid floral, black raspberry, beach smoke and baking spice notes. In both the nose and on the palate, the syrah brings lush red fruit, with deep raspberry and black cherry layers. The cabernet adds high-toned floral elements and substantial mid-palate weight, as well as blackberry, currant and olive flavors, with the mourvèdre contributing to the wine’s tannic structure and spice elements of cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper.
|Vintage:||2012||Grape Varietals:||78% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Mourvèdre||ABV:||13%|
|Aging:||19 months in oak barrels|
Grapes were harvested by hand and hand-sorted on shaker tables, with gravity transfer to tank. 50% of the syrah was fermented whole cluster. The other half of the syrah was
destemmed, as were the cabernet and mourvèdre. All fermentations were native yeast: the syrah fermentation lasted 12 days, the mourvèdre 14 and the cabernet 15. The ferments were kept cool, and only free-run wine was used. The lees were excellent, so they aged the wines with them in neutral puncheons and barrels. Cellaring lasted 19 months, with no new oak, and the wines were blended two months prior to bottling in April 2014, with an alcohol of 13.1%.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|W0EE207026SYL||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01211 4||1 07 84585 01211 1||$55.95|
"The superstar here is the 2012 Redivivia of the Stones. Coming all from the Rocks region of Walla Walla and a blend of 78% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Mourvedre that saw varying degrees of whole clusters in the fermentation and aging 19 months in neutral oak. It has classic olive, lavender, pepper, dried flowers and sweet cassis notes to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and lengthy feel on the palate. The tannin is noticeable, yet nicely integrated, and there’s terrific purity of fruit. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottled through 2022. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 219, June 2015), 92 pts
"Just 13.1% alcohol; from vines planted on basalt and cobblestones in the Rocks. Good bright, dark red. A sexy note of reduction to the very ripe aromas of raspberry, cranberry, flowers and spices, plus a whiff of flinty oyster shell minerality; conveys strong terroir character. Red fruit and crushed-stone flavors show a subtle salinity, with harmonious acidity and a crunchy note of cranberry energizing the middle palate. Boasts an intriguing combination of elements but quite backward and slow to open. Finishes with ripe, refined tannins and sneaky length. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 92 pts
"13.5% alcohol; 80% Syrah with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Mourvedre. Good bright, deep red. Highly complex, pure aromas of raspberry, spices, rose petal and wild herbs; an almost candied quality contributes appeal. Suave, smooth and fine-grained, showing a subtly saline character to the soil-driven flavors of strawberry, raspberry, smoke and musky minerality. Finishes with noble fine-grained tannins, noteworthy energy and excellent subtle persistence. I would have guessed this beauty had some Grenache in it. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (December 2014), 91 pts
"(13.7% alcohol; 65% grenache, 31% cabernet sauvignon and 4% mourvedre): Bright, deep red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, bacon fat, smoke and wild herbs. Bright acidity gives a distinctly cool character to the intense berry and spice flavors. Still a bit youthfully tight but already shows compelling purity and length. Leaves behind very pure notes of ripe raspberry and spices. A terrific showing. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2013), 92 pts
"Also exceedingly elegant and finesse driven, the 2010 Rediviva of the Stones is a blend of 65% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Mourvedre that comes mostly from the River Rock Vineyard located in pebbly strewn region around Milton-Freewater, but also includes a small amount of grapes from the estate’s Rockgarden Vineyard as well. The Syrah was fermented all whole cluster while the Cabernet Sauvignon was all de-stemmed. Aged for 14 months in neutral puncheons and barrels, it has a bright, perfumed and downright Cote-Rotie-like profile of red and black fruits, pepper, game and exotic flowers along with a medium-bodied, supple and yet energetic and lively mouthfeel. Opening up in the glass, with racy acidity and a full, rich mid-palate, it is the spitting image of class and while already approachable, it will have at least 7-8 years of longevity. Drink now-2020. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #207, June 2013), 91 pts