I very recently had the opportunity to sit down to a tasting with winemakers Paul Draper and Eric Baugher, President Mark Vernon, and DTC Director Ryan Moore, to review the 2011 crop of ATP releases, and let me tell you, hand over heart, this is as exciting a line-up as we’ve ever proposed releasing! I am telling you, I am thrilled with these wines, and I know you’re going to be as well …
The first of these to be released is the new 2005 Lytton Estate Grenache; here are my notes from the tasting:
Dark and rich hues in the glass, cranberry highlights … Strong and deep notes of everything from fudge brownies and cocoa powder to black olives, candied plums, and blood orange on the nose … smoothly coating tannins on the palate, quintessially Grenachian, with medium-to-light acidity … resolving well as regards overall integration, and showing a nicely unique and dusky minerality with hints of crushed rock and just-post-rainfall-sidewalk … overall, and by comparison, a less exotically swashbuckling spice profile than the 2004 rendition, but also more harmonically pure, registering more depth, and a lower-tone, earthier darkness … a great wine for the colder months, and showing very well right now.
And if you’re not yet a member, well, we just better figure out a way to get you to taste this, cuz I think you’ll be converted!
One last item, just in case you’re interested; here are winemaker Eric Baugher’s notes from the tasting; good luck deciphering!