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Jorian Hill Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Beespoke 2007

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2009 Jorian Hill "Hope Springs Eternal" Rosé Santa Ynez Valley This wine reflects a careful selection of our Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre lots most suited to creating a bright, floral rosé with excellent purity of fruit. Practically speaking, this means that these lots generally came in with lower sugar, higher acids and lower pH, qualities that reinforce the lithe and lively character of a great rosé. We think this is the best rosé we have ever made. In the glass, this enticing wine is the vibrant bright-pink color of a fresh cut watermelon. From this inviting starting point, the wine reveals lovely layers of ripe summer strawberries, cool wet stone, sandalwood and saltwater taffy. In 2009, we added a small amount of Mourvèdre to our Syrah and Grenache rosé lots to add color, complexity and structure. The result is a wine that has both depth and lightness, with sweet fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a mineral snap. 2008 Jorian Hill Viognier Santa Ynez Valley Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Viognier vines come from the coveted Alban field select clone planted on vigor-reducing 1103 P rootstock. These hillside-grown vines are tended by hand and farmed using sustainable, chemical-free viticultural techniques. Adding to the character of Jorian Hill’s Viognier, the vineyard’s unique microclimate produces grapes with excellent, food-friendly acidity and low pH levels. The 2008 Viognier boasts bright orange blossom aromatics alongside enticing notes of honey and melon. The nose also reveals a streak of vineyard-inspired minerality that continues through onto the palate, where it adds structure and sophistication to the wine. The Viognier’s silky texture is balanced by Jorian Hill Vineyard’s signature acidity, making this a versatile food wine capable of pairing with an array of cuisines. 2007 Jorian Hill Syrah Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir clone, U.C. Davis clone 1, and clone 877. To counter the inherent vigor of Syrah, all three clones have been planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor. This wine has a brilliant dark red-to-purple hue. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and flowers mix with inviting notes of cinnamon and smoke. The elements are nuanced and classically Syrah-like, with hints of barrel sweetness and spice. On the palate, this Syrah offers a plush, medium-bodied mouthfeel that is rich and satisfying, while still displaying a nice backbone of acidity that keeps the wine lively and food friendly. 767 Cases produced 2007 Jorian Hill BEESPOKE Grenache / Syrah Blend Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir Clone, U.C. Davis Clone 1, and Clone 877. The Grenache was planted in 2005 to fulfill the Newman's desire to build a Reserve quality Rhone blend. The Vancluse 362 clone was chosen for its outstanding ability to make dark, rich wine. To counter the inherent vigor of both varietals, all vines were planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor. For 2007 there were only three barrels produced from the newly planted section of Grenache at Jorian Hill. This Rhone blend, consisting of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, takes full advantage of that delicious wine. After experimenting with a number of possible blend combinations the decision to blend 50/50 was made based on the finished wine's ability to showcase both varietals. The bright, up-front fruit profile of the Grenache shines through and yet the deep, brooding, earthy richness of the Syrah is never overpowered. Wonderfully complex, the wine shows hints of raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit alongside spice and earth and enticing notes of toast and smoke from new French oak barrels.

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Jorian Hill Vineyards:
As vintners, Gary and Jeanne Newman approach Jorian Hill with passion, and without pretension, as they work to handcraft small-lot, Rhône-varietal wines using fruit from their family's organically farmed Santa Ynez Valley estate vineyard. The Newmans did not set out to own a winery. Longtime residents of Los Angeles, for years they had enjoyed a love affair with the coastline and foothills of ... Read more
As vintners, Gary and Jeanne Newman approach Jorian Hill with passion, and without pretension, as they work to handcraft small-lot, Rhône-varietal wines using fruit from their family's organically farmed Santa Ynez Valley estate vineyard. The Newmans did not set out to own a winery. Longtime residents of Los Angeles, for years they had enjoyed a love affair with the coastline and foothills of Santa Barbara County, regularly exploring the area's many back roads and winery gems. In 2005, they began looking for property in the region, hoping to find a new home for their family. After months of searching, they discovered an idyllic 20-acre estate, nestled amidst the rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. In addition to its stunning hillsides and country house, the property offered something unexpected-7.5 acres of excellent Syrah and Viognier vines covering a southwesterly facing hill. "Before we even saw the house, just driving onto the property it felt like home," says Jeanne, reflecting on her first impressions. "The land was graceful and gorgeous, with vineyards climbing the terraced hillsides. It was mid-August and the grapes were full and lush. Looking at it, I actually had tears in my eyes. We instantly knew that we were meant to be there. Making wine from the property was an unexpected pleasure that we fully embraced." Although new vintners, Gary and Jeanne dedicated themselves to making the best wines possible. To achieve this goal, they applied their respective skills honed as chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, and as a partner in a successful entertainment law practice. The Newmans proceeded to make several key early decisions to shape the winery. After an extensive vineyard assessment by noted vineyard manager Jeff Frey (whose clients include Sea Smoke, Qupé and Au Bon Climat), the Newmans hired Frey Farming to oversee the estate's viticulture program. Approaching the property as both a working vineyard and as a home for their family, it was important to the Newmans to maintain the highest standards of quality, while also fostering a healthy environment for their children, the vineyard team and the property's other inhabitants: a dog, cats, goats, lambs and numerous chickens. In consultation with Jeff, they were pleased to follow in the footsteps of the previous owners and continue cultivating the vineyard using both organic and sustainable farming practices. At the same time, Gary and Jeanne committed themselves to learning about the wine industry, with an emphasis on premium Rhône varietals. Going to the source for their inspiration, the Newman family traveled to the Northern Rhône. There they consulted with the owners and winemakers of numerous family-owned wineries in the region, gathering information about the ideal methods for cultivating and producing superior Rhône-varietal wines. In addition, to gain practical, California-based knowledge, Jeanne took courses at UC Davis in vineyard management. In September of 2005, the Newmans officially founded Jorian Hill, blending the names of their three children-Jordan, Reed and Hillary-to reflect the family's love of the vineyard. Taking their inspiration from the property's country house, with its inviting wraparound porch, the Newmans have created an elegant and simple winery aesthetic. From the clean, minimalist bumblebee logo paying homage to the vineyard's vibrant life (and the many stings endured during harvest) to their vineyard-focused wines, the Newmans are striving to create something enjoyable and authentic. "This is the best thing that has ever happened to us," says Gary. "It is a journey that is making our lives broader and richer. As a family, we work side-by-side all through harvest, picking the fruit and tasting the grapes with our children. We may be the slowest people in the vineyard, but we love it. During the blending process, we taste all the barrels. Though we are learning as we go, we will not settle for anything less than great wines. We are committed to coaxing all the natural potential from this amazing property and consistently making the kind of wines that we can be proud to pour." In 2007, the gifted winemaking duo of Mark Horvath and Kenneth "Joey" Gummere joined the tight-knit Jorian Hill team. Working alongside the Newmans, Mark and Joey have refined and elevated Jorian Hill's viticulture and winemaking programs, through new plantings, a belief in lower yields, and an artisan approach that includes as many as 20 individual fermentations each vintage-a remarkable number for 7.5 planted acres. The result is an estate portfolio of hillside-grown, Rhône-varietal wines that includes Syrah, Viognier and Jorian Hill's BEEspoke blend. Made in small lots to ensure the attention to detail that defines great winemaking, these wines embody the rich, robust elegance of Jorian Hill. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Jorian Hill Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Beespoke

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,646
4.00 5
12/09/2010

This offers up very complex aromas of sweet candied fruits, dried hay, smoky oak, diesel exhaust, forest floor, raw beef and a really strong black tea top note. Nicely rich and quite bright with succulent acidity lending this a red fruited character. The tannins creep up on the mid-palate and really begin to assert themselves, adding an autumnal character to the forest floor and dried herb notes. The finish is a bit clipped by the tannins, though the brief flash of red fruit is pure and fresh. This may sort itself out with a little time but the tannins are a bit too dominant at this point. The wine is aromatically quite decadent, though, which does bode well for the future. 89pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
01/18/2013

Heavy oaky port aroma, banana, black fruit.


Snooth User: iconsam
481209152
4.00 5
10/29/2010

Berries with a nice background of tropical fruits and a very slight hint of black pepper. Will be great with cold steak dishes.



2009 Jorian Hill "Hope Springs Eternal" Rosé Santa Ynez Valley This wine reflects a careful selection of our Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre lots most suited to creating a bright, floral rosé with excellent purity of fruit. Practically speaking, this means that these lots generally came in with lower sugar, higher acids and lower pH, qualities that reinforce the lithe and lively character of a great rosé. We think this is the best rosé we have ever made. In the glass, this enticing wine is the vibrant bright-pink color of a fresh cut watermelon. From this inviting starting point, the wine reveals lovely layers of ripe summer strawberries, cool wet stone, sandalwood and saltwater taffy. In 2009, we added a small amount of Mourvèdre to our Syrah and Grenache rosé lots to add color, complexity and structure. The result is a wine that has both depth and lightness, with sweet fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a mineral snap. 2008 Jorian Hill Viognier Santa Ynez Valley Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Viognier vines come from the coveted Alban field select clone planted on vigor-reducing 1103 P rootstock. These hillside-grown vines are tended by hand and farmed using sustainable, chemical-free viticultural techniques. Adding to the character of Jorian Hill’s Viognier, the vineyard’s unique microclimate produces grapes with excellent, food-friendly acidity and low pH levels. The 2008 Viognier boasts bright orange blossom aromatics alongside enticing notes of honey and melon. The nose also reveals a streak of vineyard-inspired minerality that continues through onto the palate, where it adds structure and sophistication to the wine. The Viognier’s silky texture is balanced by Jorian Hill Vineyard’s signature acidity, making this a versatile food wine capable of pairing with an array of cuisines. 2007 Jorian Hill Syrah Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir clone, U.C. Davis clone 1, and clone 877. To counter the inherent vigor of Syrah, all three clones have been planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor. This wine has a brilliant dark red-to-purple hue. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and flowers mix with inviting notes of cinnamon and smoke. The elements are nuanced and classically Syrah-like, with hints of barrel sweetness and spice. On the palate, this Syrah offers a plush, medium-bodied mouthfeel that is rich and satisfying, while still displaying a nice backbone of acidity that keeps the wine lively and food friendly. 767 Cases produced 2007 Jorian Hill BEESPOKE Grenache / Syrah Blend Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill's Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir Clone, U.C. Davis Clone 1, and Clone 877. The Grenache was planted in 2005 to fulfill the Newman's desire to build a Reserve quality Rhone blend. The Vancluse 362 clone was chosen for its outstanding ability to make dark, rich wine. To counter the inherent vigor of both varietals, all vines were planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor. For 2007 there were only three barrels produced from the newly planted section of Grenache at Jorian Hill. This Rhone blend, consisting of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, takes full advantage of that delicious wine. After experimenting with a number of possible blend combinations the decision to blend 50/50 was made based on the finished wine's ability to showcase both varietals. The bright, up-front fruit profile of the Grenache shines through and yet the deep, brooding, earthy richness of the Syrah is never overpowered. Wonderfully complex, the wine shows hints of raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit alongside spice and earth and enticing notes of toast and smoke from new French oak barrels.

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