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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.

​I​t 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

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. Once again, the venerable Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah completes the blend, lending tannic backbone and deep, black color.

Robert Parker deemed the first vintage of this wine sexy, and we heartily agree. It has a seductive appeal-dark, sultry, moody in the very best ways—with good balance between earthy inputs and luscious fruit notes. The wine also has enormous aging potential. Those who drink it young will want to decant it for a few hours. Putting a few bottles away to revisit in five or ten years will reward those who can wait.

$50 – 750ml

313  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