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Old World Winery Syrah Blend North Coast Field Blend Two Vineyards 2006

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Sour plum, soil and spice tones greet the nose with a menthol top note and some nicely nuanced, stemmy tobacco and lightly toasted coffee bean accents. In the mouth this is bright and juicy with a really dark medicinal tone running right through the mid-palate. there's some more coffee/mocha notes up front which are followed by mineral laden wild cherry and candied red plum fruit tones. Some tanjnin pops out on the back end a maybe a touch of unintegrated wood as well. Tense, dry and uncompromising, this is not a fruity wine, but rather it's muscular, complex, lightly gamey and decidedly savory in a mineral rich style. This would be great with game meat but isn't too big for game birds either. Whatever it is make it rare. I could drink this all night. 92pts

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Old World Winery:
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and makin... Read more
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and making wine with the consideration that everything a vintner does in the vineyard and in the winery affects the flavor of the wine. Only indigenous yeast from the vineyard were employed for fermentation and nothing was ever added to the wine except sulfur. This Old World knowledge is truly enhanced when put together with a contemporary education. Darek got his Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Viticulture (Grape Growing). During this phase of education Darek worked at Martinelli Vineyards and Winery for his uncle Lee Martinelli, a former teacher who taught Darek the in's and out's of production agriculture, machinery fabrication, and multiple ranch farming. Darek went on to complete a Master's Degree from Fresno State in Enology (Winemaking). During this phase of education he worked for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, a privately funded research facility focusing solely on improving the quality of grapes and wine. This provided a deep look into scientific methods, experimentation and his Thesis discovered how the use of different vine training methods affected the wine quality for Syrah grapevines. After Graduation, Darek was engrossed for the next seven years as Vineyard Manager at Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery growing CCOF certified Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic winegrapes on their many ranches. During this tenure Darek created Old World Winery. As winemaker/proprietor of OldWorld Winery Darek could combine and employ all the methods he learned about fine wine production, both old and new, without upper management worrying about its unconventional nature. Old World Winery was founded and continues to grow at the Laughlin Vineyard, where Darek's cousin, Lee Martinelli Jr., owns and manages the vineyard. Lee Jr. maintains the family tradition by taking special care of two blocks of organic Pinot Noir and Zinfandel for Old World Winery. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Old World Winery Syrah Blend North Coast Field Blend Two Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,283
4.50 5
02/08/2011

Sour plum, soil and spice tones greet the nose with a menthol top note and some nicely nuanced, stemmy tobacco and lightly toasted coffee bean accents. In the mouth this is bright and juicy with a really dark medicinal tone running right through the mid-palate. there's some more coffee/mocha notes up front which are followed by mineral laden wild cherry and candied red plum fruit tones. Some tanjnin pops out on the back end a maybe a touch of unintegrated wood as well. Tense, dry and uncompromising, this is not a fruity wine, but rather it's muscular, complex, lightly gamey and decidedly savory in a mineral rich style. This would be great with game meat but isn't too big for game birds either. Whatever it is make it rare. I could drink this all night. 92pts


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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
4.00 5
01/17/2010

Blended from two excellent vineyards (Lone Redwood Ranch in the Russian River AVA and Rockin' R Ranch in Mendocino), this delicious wine is tighter and more Rhone-structured than the fruitbomb '05 Field Blend Block that was made entirely from the Lone Redwood Ranch and was not so Syrah-dominated. The 2006 Field Blend has a lovely nose redolent of sweet blueberry, blackberry, and bing cherry fruit along with creamy background aromas and an attractive dose of sweet spices. In the mouth, the '06 is less potent than the '05 (which had 2% higher alcohol content), and also feels more structured and higher in acidity - though by no means objectionably so. Built with the leaner texture of a good Rhone, but with the delectable fruit density of a ripe California Syrah.


Snooth User: Peach Blossom
801394123
4.00 5
03/19/2011

Four glasses




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