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Jorian Hill Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Beespoke 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Creamy red berries greet the nose along with a gentle underlay of spice with hints of pink peppercorns and red flowers along with well-judged vanilla and caramel notes. This is lovely, entering the mouth with freshness and brightness. There's an initial whack of something vaguely medicinal, minty and spice which is followed by rich yet fresh berry and plum fruits. The really attractive thing here is the texture, which remains rather dry and elegant for this style of wine. Some pomegranate and wild cherry pop on the back end along with a little sweet vanilla oak, with everything coming together quite nicely in the moderately long finish. The flavors on the finale seem a bit candied, but the texture of this wine remains fresh. 91pts

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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
89065222,085
4.50 5
01/14/2013

Creamy red berries greet the nose along with a gentle underlay of spice with hints of pink peppercorns and red flowers along with well-judged vanilla and caramel notes. This is lovely, entering the mouth with freshness and brightness. There's an initial whack of something vaguely medicinal, minty and spice which is followed by rich yet fresh berry and plum fruits. The really attractive thing here is the texture, which remains rather dry and elegant for this style of wine. Some pomegranate and wild cherry pop on the back end along with a little sweet vanilla oak, with everything coming together quite nicely in the moderately long finish. The flavors on the finale seem a bit candied, but the texture of this wine remains fresh. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,085
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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


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

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
01/04/2013

Very oaky aroma, with nuttiness. The fruit comes out more in the palate, with blackberries and cherries. I really like how they play into the finish, which maintains a good slightly tart body with a little hint of jam.


Snooth User: Michael C Butler
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4.00 5
01/21/2013

Four glasses


0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/08/2011

Oats, honey and cherries on the nose with a hint of eucalyptus. An inky and full bodied wine, with lots of red and black fruit, black olive, black pepper and a hint of medicine on the finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/08/2011

Tons of complexity in the nose - seems to shapeshift with every inhalation. Really well integrated wood notes with cayenne pepper and fresh fruit, a bit of creaminess. The attack is very tart, with a smooth finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/18/2013

Heavy oaky port aroma, banana, black fruit.


Snooth User: iconsam
481209152
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


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

External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/20/2009

In the center of Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley is the home to famed Rhone Rangers of California who discovered that the warm climate and hillside vineyards make this region the ideal microclimate for Rhone Valley varietals like Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. Jorian Hills is a newcomer to the scene but they've made a strong commitment and are turning out some delicious wines like this ripe, fruity 2005 Syrah. Blended with just 10% Sangiovese this succulent red dispels all the notions of tannic, hard-edged Syrah. Red cherry, strawberry and a hint of peppery spice characterize this good value good drinking Rhone Ranger red. Grab it while it's ON SALE!



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