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GOLD MEDAL - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Our 2015 Estate Sangiovese Reserve is both delicious and food friendly. Although slightly lighter in body than the 2014 vintage, the flavors and aromas are balanced and enticing. The nose is spicy. The palate reveals anise and cherry flavors. A mouth-watering pairing for a wide range of dishes and delightful to swirl and savor all on its own. With only 50 cases produced, it is almost as elusive as the Illuminati – the secret society for which it was named. The Illuminati, literally translated, means “the enlightened ones”. Pour a glass. Become enlightened.
Because the Cryptology blend such is a closely guarded secret, it's challenging to know what to say about it. Describing its earthy flavors, fruity aromas, lush mouthfeel and lingering finish might give too much away. Revealing the wide range of dishes that it pairs so well with might give clues to its origins. Disclosing the source of the grapes would surely be a giveaway. But we have already said too much. We will leave this mystery for you to decipher.
SILVER MEDAL - 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The Conspirator takes great pride in his namesake Syrah Reserve. Even by his demanding standards, the 2015 vintage was special. The fruit was sourced from the Briarwood Vineyard, a meticulously farmed site in the Templeton Gap district of the Paso Robles AVA. The cool westside microclimate and complex soils produce fruit of remarkably high quality. A word of warning - only 50 cases were produced and The Conspirator has been spotted at The Undisclosed Location, making room in the bunker for his own private stash of this spectacular Syrah. Conspiring can be thirsty work. We think now would be the time to secure your share, before it's too late.
GOLD MEDAL - 2017 Craft Competition International Awards
Defection is not for the faint of heart. Neither is this massive, bold, fruit-forward zin. This is our first release of The Defector since the award winning 2010 vintage but this time we made a mere 50 cases. If you have an allegiance to other varietals, this powerful character may convince you to switch sides.