2014 Comartin "Cuvée Cassidy" Santa Ynez Valley GSM (Previously $30) SKU #1335510

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K&L Notes

Winemaker Adam Comartin is a lifelong Grenache fan; he loves to play with the varietal in all its forms and expressions. He also is a believer in the philosophy that place is primary in winemaking. The 2014 Cuvee Cassidy, named for Adam’s youngest daughter, is a unique expression of the Tierra Alta vineyard. The soils here are very fine and sandy over a limestone base, which lends to the power of the aromatics. It is a relatively hot site for the Santa Ynez Valley, with a beautiful steep slope that takes advantage of both the breezes off the ocean to maintain acidity levels, and the morning sun exposure to develop fully ripe berries. The resultant wine is beautiful. Aromatically full of bramble fruit, cassis, sage, thyme and plum, it transitions on the palate into a medium-bodied wine with smooth tannin and a slight gamey undertone. The finish is long and savory with continued notes of cassis and sage. It’s in a perfect drinking window right now, and would be a great pairing for lamb.

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    My affection for California Rhône-style blends runs deep and this dynamite Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre from Adam Comartin hits the mark. A lovely combination of pure brambly fruit, wild thyme, loamy earth and a lick of exotic French oak. Packed to the brim with forward fruit but beautifully balanced and fresh. The Syrah adds some depth and a dash of Mourvèdre a savory, brooding edge.


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