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Limerick Lane Hail Mary Syrah Russian River Valley 94ag 2013

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94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2013 Hail Mary, a Syrah/Grenache blend, is one of the more distinctive wines in the Limerick Lane range. Specifically, while all of the Limerick wines boast considerable power, the Hail Mary also has an extra touch of finesse that serves to balance some of the more extroverted elements in the glass. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol are some of the nuances that meld into the effortless, richly textured finish. Originally conceived as a last minute attempt to salvage some of the crop when the winery was out of tank space, Hail Mary is a co-fermentation of Syrah and Grenache done with whole clusters. Sometimes desperation turns out to be divine inspiration, as is very much the case here." 02/16 92 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "The blend of 94% Syrah and 16% Grenache (100% whole-clusters and carbonic fermentation) is the 2013 Proprietary Red Hail Mary. This is a sexy beast of a wine, with dense ruby/purple color and terrific strawberry, black cherry and meaty, earthy fruit on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, but silky smooth, this is hedonism at its best. The alcohol is a relatively restrained 14.5%, and only 169 cases were produced, so it’s limited in availability. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. " 10/15

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Varietal: Syrah
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Limerick Lane Cellars:
We are at the eastern extremity of the Russian River AVA, and close to the eastern end of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. This is an area of rolling hills with Southwest exposure. The soils are of volcanic origin, mainly a clay loam with a great deal of volcanic rock and shale. The soil depth varies greatly and along with the low vigor of the site this limits production. We are fairly high up the hil... Read more
We are at the eastern extremity of the Russian River AVA, and close to the eastern end of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. This is an area of rolling hills with Southwest exposure. The soils are of volcanic origin, mainly a clay loam with a great deal of volcanic rock and shale. The soil depth varies greatly and along with the low vigor of the site this limits production. We are fairly high up the hill and whilst we are not frost free we seem to have averted major frost damage in recent years. The vines are head pruned (small bushes, no trellis wire). The vineyard is dry-farmed (no irrigation), relying on winter and spring rains to water the vines. Normally the vines are pruned in January and February and the cover crop of Fava beans, clover, vetch, chamomile and mustard is ploughed into the ground in March. Each vine is pruned so the major arms form the shape of a wineglass about 3-4 feet high. From this basis the canes form a leafy canopy with approximately two bunches of grapes per cane. In summer time as the grape bunches mature, the vineyard workers pull leaves to expose the fruit. This gives better sunlight exposure to the bunches and also allows airflow through the bush, reducing the threat of molds and mildews and heat stress in the center of the plant. Normal crop levels are between 2.5-3 tons per acre. At this harvest level and with the exceptional terroir winemaking in the winery is easy. No pesticides or fungicides are used in our vineyard. Read less

94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2013 Hail Mary, a Syrah/Grenache blend, is one of the more distinctive wines in the Limerick Lane range. Specifically, while all of the Limerick wines boast considerable power, the Hail Mary also has an extra touch of finesse that serves to balance some of the more extroverted elements in the glass. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol are some of the nuances that meld into the effortless, richly textured finish. Originally conceived as a last minute attempt to salvage some of the crop when the winery was out of tank space, Hail Mary is a co-fermentation of Syrah and Grenache done with whole clusters. Sometimes desperation turns out to be divine inspiration, as is very much the case here." 02/16 92 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "The blend of 94% Syrah and 16% Grenache (100% whole-clusters and carbonic fermentation) is the 2013 Proprietary Red Hail Mary. This is a sexy beast of a wine, with dense ruby/purple color and terrific strawberry, black cherry and meaty, earthy fruit on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, but silky smooth, this is hedonism at its best. The alcohol is a relatively restrained 14.5%, and only 169 cases were produced, so it’s limited in availability. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. " 10/15

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