Sounds like Cluck, pairs well with Duck - what more can we say without gettin’ keelhauled and sent to walk the plank? We can say that this Rhône-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache is a veritable broadside of aromas and flavors. Just the thing to “splice the mainbrace”, if you know what we mean. Also goes great with barbecued baby back ribs, Szechuan foods, and yer momma’s meatloaf.
The meaty aromas of cherries and strawberry/rhubarb pie might have you thinking this Cote du Rhône-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache just fell out of a “California Cheese” commercial. Well, the name is the only cheesy thing about it! Those spicy mixed fruit flavors of cherries and berries sure ain’t no bull! (Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of these tasting notes.)
Appellation: Calaveras County
47% Mourvedre and 27% Syrah - from Tanner Vineyards 26% Grenache - from Twisted Oak, Colina Roja Block
We’re often asked what the background of Twisted Oak is, to which we invariably reply, “The Sierra Nevada, of course!” If we are pressed further, we are forced to admit that Twisted Oak Winery is the culmination of a delusion, er, vision by Jeff and Mary Stai. The vision was of a terroir based winery making superior, hand crafted, yummy wines, and then having more Twisted fun than anyone in the industry selling them.
Jeff and Mary found 120 acres just outside Murphys in the Sierra Foothills at nearly 2000 feet elevation. It is there that they planted 10 acres of vineyards in Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, and Garnacha to take advantage of the continental Mediterranean soil types and climate. It is on top of this property, with an amazing view of the Sierras, where the state-of-the-art, no-pumpover, four-level gravity flow winery was built. When completed in 2004 it included open tank, stainless steel fermenters along with our own 300-foot barrel cave. This is all under the watchful eye of a 350 year old California Blue Oak tree that not only is our namesake, but also adorns every Twisted Oak bottle.
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Greetings, all! It’s my distinct pleasure to bring you an inaugural Lab Rat report on this offering from Twisted Oak.
From the first pour:
Mrs.: good nose, with berries (cranberry or raspberry)
Me: lighter color than expected with a GSM blend (in a place between a dark pinot and light CdR)
Mrs.: very bright, like a sweettart (the tart part, not the sweet)
Me: sharp fruit up front, with some depth mid-palate that lingers; dark/black cherry flavors (or perhaps flavonoids, if you prefer)
The legs are good, but probably won’t have a WWII soldier declaring “nice gams!”. In the glass, it seemed quite viscous for not being heavy or cloying on the palate. We both agreed it had a light mouthfeel, quite sippable without food, with an undertone of pepper. While not on the initial whiffs, we both got some alcohol heat on the nose with the second (her) or third (me).
We sampled more with lunch. On the serious side, it paired well with the soy vinaigrette on her salad. On the less serious side, it did NOT go well with grilled, <brand name redacted> cheese hot dogs.
After leaving a generous pour in a glass for an hour, it still held the fruit; no heat on the nose appeared.
We vac-sealed it for ~4 hours to have some with dinner. It paired well with chuck roast leftovers and sautéed bell peppers. The wine softened overall, without losing much of the fruit. After dinner, a little jamminess appeared while polishing off what remained.
Aside from seeing the blend on the back label, I decided to not research this wine until after we’d finished the bottle. After reading, it seemed as though we ended up making good pairings if one were to desire following the recommendations. In short, it was an enjoyable bottle of GSM that served us well both with and without food.
@pjmartin@Boatman72@Chipgreen@Mehnyblooms Looks like this case is pretty well split up. If you needed someone to take a bottle or two I would step up to the plate, but I would be more than willing to sit this one out also.
Depends on how we make the split. I’d like 3. If the others are good with 2 each with one taking 3 we are good. Or I can take 4, but don’t need to. Feel like I have to let mrn1 in since he granted the same favor for the Moran Manor
@Boatman72@chipgreen@mehnyblooms@pjmartin So kind to include me, but seriously it is not necessary. Not giving me a bottle or two is in no way going to impact any future splits. No one in my life is going to be short of wine for very long time.
@chipgreen@mehnyblooms@mrn1@pjmartin If PJ is doing the lifting and wants 4 or more btls, you can take one away from me, then I’ll take 2 btls. I love the spirit of Casemate comradery. It’s no feelings hurt or impacts on future splits as mrn1 stated. So PJ, I think you should decide how many bottles you want since it was your order and your doing the lifting, then split the difference between us…the “Three Casemate Amigo’s”. I know we have other splits coming in about the same time so it will be great to meet somewhere for the exchanges, converse, get a bite to eat, and suck down a little alcohol!
Agree. This splitting thing has been, and is cool. Makes it easier to take a flyer, and getting to save a couple of bucks is great too. I can live with 3 bottles without issue.
@eljefetwisted You mentioned it being easy drinking, but also poiinted out it can age pretty well. Do you find that a difficult combination to produce? Often I worry that “friendly” means extra RS and will fall apart quickly.
I still have one little coupon left for a discount, and I can’t think of a better offer than this one. It was tough to not buy the case, but it’s just me, and I don’t like sharing (unless the wine turns out to be unimpressive, and we both know this won’t be the case)…
I bought a couple of mystery cases during the end of woot, and was reminded then of how much I like this blend.
Thank you (and @Winedavid49) for this excellent end to the year. Looking forward to 2019.
Six bottles headed my way (haunted-draconian-route).
@eljefetwisted Hey welcome back, Jeff! Since there’s been recent talk of aging, what’s your estimate aging on this offer. I have a ton of wine and would like to see where it fits into the scheme. Thanks Eljefe!
@Boatman72@radiolysis The thing I love about the 2009 is that - for me at least - it settled the question of aging under a screw cap. The 2009 aged very very well. And in general this wine does age: You’ll find the 2016 does have structure and does drink “young” - and as the Lab Rats noted it benefits from a little open time.
And this wine is dry with no measurable RS. Just good flavor from 3 grapes.