70% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache
This vintage of Screwball is, in a word, huge. One of the most complexly aromatic LC wines to date, Screwball jumps out of the glass with bing cherry, cola, rose petal, cassis, licorice, dried meats, forest floor, purple sage, and mint. It’s a noseful, to say the least. On the palate, this wine’s mouth-coating, velveteen texture is woven with cacao, hazelnut, orange peel, and plum skins. And, if that isn’t enough, you get to sit and enjoy a finish of dark black fruits and succulent, chewy tannins that linger and linger and linger and... linger. Decant and enjoy now, or cellar through 2015.
90% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
A syrah dominated wine with a 10% splash of mourvèdre. The syrah fruit is derived from a minimally cropped vineyard block at Booker, located about one mile as a crow flies north from our facility. Soft in texture from ripe and supple grapes, I blended in 10% mourvèdre to help extend the finish and tickle the palate. This bombshell of a wine is approachable now and should last 4-6 years. Starting in 2009, you will see grenache blended into SCREWBALL, creating a slightly brighter front palate.