The second coming of Mortar & Stone is a revelation.
The Zinfandel from high atop Atlas Peak is robust, showy mountain fruit. Vines in the historic Mountain Peak vineyard produce some of the most impressive berries we’ve seen in this varietal, nicely structured and spicy rather than super jammy. That spice component pairs beautifully with the final vintage of our estate Syrah. Once again, the venerable Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah completes the blend, lending tannic backbone and deep, black color.
It has a seductive appeal—dark, sultry, moody in the very best ways—with good balance between earthy inputs and luscious fruit notes.
$50 – 750ml
2015 Mortar & Stone – 475 cases produced
Petite Sirah is first and foremost about tannin. It’s ever present but the quality of it is really what unlocks the enjoyment of the wine. We feel this Palisades site in Calistoga is one of the best PS vineyards in California.This wine possesses a glass-coating deep purple hue that you would be hard pressed to even shine a light through. The real excitement starts with the aromas, however. Spearmint, tobacco leaf, black currant, anise, sandalwood and mashed apricots emerge in concert so layered that even the slightest shift of your nose brings new notes to the forefront. The palate is very balanced with notes of flint, blackberries, black tea, beef blood, coupled with lighter notes of violets, lavender oil and orange zest. The finish on this wine is extremely drawn out leaving you with plenty of opportunity to revel in the dark complexity that lingers for close to a minute.
$55.00/bottle – 750ml
2014 PS- 295 cases produced
What can one say about this wine that hasn’t already been said? The Palisades Vineyard is truly one of the finest sites in all of California for Petite Sirah and in vintage 2015 the resulting wine is truly exceptional. Like the previous iterations, the wine pours dark as night into the glass however this book is not to be judged by its cover. Aromatically it shows white flowers and blackberries, while the first taste will reveal a savory, well balanced attack of red fruit, spice and hints of game. Drink now with food or age it out 20 years, it will be hard to miss the window on this one.
$55.00/bottle – 750ml
2015 PS- 231 cases produced