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Clos Mimi Syrah Paso Robles Shell Creek 2004

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Tasting Notes Winemaker Tim Spear makes controversial but highly-rated wine from this famed vineyard. And this vintage is no exception, with its deep extraction (it is impossible to see through), high alcohol and long life (both in the cellar and for days after opening), this wine reflects both big dark fruit flavors as well as damp earth and animal fur. A wine to be shared, discussed, and enjoyed. Try it on a winter night with grilled game, or with a good game. Chess, perhaps.Winemaker's NotesLimestone, limestone, limestone. When it comes to Shell Creek Vineyard, a remote one-acre plot that produces the most ageworthy of wines, I constantly give thanks to the off-white chunks of calcareous shale found in the soil. My colleagues at L'Aventure, Linne Calodo, Justin, Saxum and Tablas Creek talk about limestone's major influence on Syrah in Paso Robles. Limestone is what makes every vintage of "shell creek vineyard" so unique when tasted next to my single vineyard Syrahs from Santa Barbara County. Shell Creek produces a wine with a very unique color due to its high pH and low yields.Shell Creek tends to produce a wine with an elevated nose of blueberry, blackberry and cassis liqueur. Yet more important than the color and nose is the old world palate - tannins which are silky, sweet, and deceptively tannic. I feel these super-ripe and gently-extracted tannins are responsible for the wine's longevity in the barrel and in the bottle.The 2004 "shell creek vineyard" pushes the alcohol and tannin maturity envelope to an all-time high. Per tradition the grapes were 100% destemmed and 100% treaded by foot. Similarly, the wine was fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts. No water. No yeast nutrients.No enzymes. No tartaric acid. No grape concentrates. No "saignes" or bleeding the tank to concentrate the solids. No pumps from the vineyard to the bottle. The wine was macerated for 69 days, or more importantly, three full moons after harvest. No press wine.Malolactic fermentation was performed in barrel without inoculation.In celebration of the summer solstice, the barrels were racked barrel-to-barrel on the 22th of June 2005. This wine was aged 33 months in 100% three year old Seguin Moreau Tronais 225-liter barrels. No fining. No filtration. No residual sugar. 100% bottled by hand via gravity. Alcohol content is 17.5%. 100% Syrah. Total production is 120 cases.

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Clos Mimi:
Established in 1996 by Tim and Mimi Spear, Clos Mimi is a "très petite" winery located in Santa Maria, California. Clos Mimi is French for "Mimi's enclosed vineyard" expressing Tim's timeless endearment to his children's mother, his wife, his business partner, his best friend and his soul mate. Inspired by the greatest "monocépage" wines of Burgundy, Côte Rotie and Hermitage, Clos Mimi is commi... Read more
Established in 1996 by Tim and Mimi Spear, Clos Mimi is a "très petite" winery located in Santa Maria, California. Clos Mimi is French for "Mimi's enclosed vineyard" expressing Tim's timeless endearment to his children's mother, his wife, his business partner, his best friend and his soul mate. Inspired by the greatest "monocépage" wines of Burgundy, Côte Rotie and Hermitage, Clos Mimi is committed to vineyard designated, one hundred percent Syrah farmed by small family growers in Paso Robles and Santa Ynez. Tim is the "vigneron" for Clos Mimi. Thanks to his traditional convictions from a previous lifetime, Tim is "très religieux" in his pursuit of natural winegrowing. In 1988 Tim had the good fortune of interning alongside a young Jean-Louis Chave in California. Three years later while spending an entire day hiking the steep vineyards of Hermitage in Jean-Louis' royal company and tasting the unblended and highly spiritual 1990 Chave Hermitage from "barrique," Tim was smitten by Syrah. Between the "Exposition Universelle" may 1855 in Paris and the first performance of Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème's" 1 february 1896 in Turin, Mimi and Tim fell in love once upon a time. Read less

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Vintage: 1999 04/05/2009

I love the flavor of this wine, it has a strong earthy nature and shows signs of being great 10 years from now

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External Reviews for Clos Mimi Syrah Paso Robles Shell Creek

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesShell Creek tends to produce a wine with an elevated nose of blueberry, blackberry and cassis liqueur. Yet more important than Shell Creek's color and nose to me is Shell Creek's old world palate. Shell Creek yields tannins which are silky, sweet, yet deceptively tannic. I feel these super-ripe and gently-extracted tannins are responsible for the wine's longevity in the barrel and in the bottle.


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Vintage: 1997 05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


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Vintage: 1997 07/04/2010

A knockout syrah from Tim Spear’s first vintage at Clos Mimi. Ripe red fruit, rose petals and yeasted dough rapidly give way to golden beet, black pepper and dried plum.



Tasting Notes Winemaker Tim Spear makes controversial but highly-rated wine from this famed vineyard. And this vintage is no exception, with its deep extraction (it is impossible to see through), high alcohol and long life (both in the cellar and for days after opening), this wine reflects both big dark fruit flavors as well as damp earth and animal fur. A wine to be shared, discussed, and enjoyed. Try it on a winter night with grilled game, or with a good game. Chess, perhaps.Winemaker's NotesLimestone, limestone, limestone. When it comes to Shell Creek Vineyard, a remote one-acre plot that produces the most ageworthy of wines, I constantly give thanks to the off-white chunks of calcareous shale found in the soil. My colleagues at L'Aventure, Linne Calodo, Justin, Saxum and Tablas Creek talk about limestone's major influence on Syrah in Paso Robles. Limestone is what makes every vintage of "shell creek vineyard" so unique when tasted next to my single vineyard Syrahs from Santa Barbara County. Shell Creek produces a wine with a very unique color due to its high pH and low yields.Shell Creek tends to produce a wine with an elevated nose of blueberry, blackberry and cassis liqueur. Yet more important than the color and nose is the old world palate - tannins which are silky, sweet, and deceptively tannic. I feel these super-ripe and gently-extracted tannins are responsible for the wine's longevity in the barrel and in the bottle.The 2004 "shell creek vineyard" pushes the alcohol and tannin maturity envelope to an all-time high. Per tradition the grapes were 100% destemmed and 100% treaded by foot. Similarly, the wine was fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts. No water. No yeast nutrients.No enzymes. No tartaric acid. No grape concentrates. No "saignes" or bleeding the tank to concentrate the solids. No pumps from the vineyard to the bottle. The wine was macerated for 69 days, or more importantly, three full moons after harvest. No press wine.Malolactic fermentation was performed in barrel without inoculation.In celebration of the summer solstice, the barrels were racked barrel-to-barrel on the 22th of June 2005. This wine was aged 33 months in 100% three year old Seguin Moreau Tronais 225-liter barrels. No fining. No filtration. No residual sugar. 100% bottled by hand via gravity. Alcohol content is 17.5%. 100% Syrah. Total production is 120 cases.

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