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Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache 2013

Member Review by EMark:

Flowery nose—geranium, violet. Combination of fruit and pepper on entry—blueberry, plum with spiciness. The wine washes very nicely over the tongue. To my way of thinking, amazingly balanced fruit/tannin/acid—I get all three, but none dominate.

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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

Member Reviews for Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
3.50 5
04/18/2016

Flowery nose—geranium, violet. Combination of fruit and pepper on entry—blueberry, plum with spiciness. The wine washes very nicely over the tongue. To my way of thinking, amazingly balanced fruit/tannin/acid—I get all three, but none dominate.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
3.50 5
11/24/2017

Similar to my notes a year and a half ago. Very bright fruit--plum, blueberry, red cherry--on the tip of the tongue. Enough tannin to convince me this is wine--not fruit juice--balanced by good acid.


External Reviews for Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache

External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

Rich, supple and distinctive, with bold aromas of blueberry and raspberry and complex flavors of smoky pepper beef, grilled rosemary and licorice. The tannins are big, but ripe and balanced. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2022. 450 cases made.


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Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

The 2012 Syrah/Grenache (66% and 34% respectively) sees some new French oak. It offers up copious aromas of blackcurrants, cherries, strawberries, licorice, asphalt and roasted herbs. Good acidity, beautiful density, a full-bodied opulence, and 14.1% alcohol suggest it will drink well for 6–8+ years.


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Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

The 2012 Syrah/Grenache is a real head-turner. Dark, powerful and structured, the 2012 boasts fabulous depth and intensity. Layers of black fruit, tobacco, smoke, cedar and menthol blossom in an intense, powerful wine endowed with tons of structure and pure class.



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Alcohol: 14.1%

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