2017 Thompson GSM
Type
Epiphany Wine Co

2017 Thompson GSM

Appellation
Santa Barbara County
Available
Add To Cart
$40.00
 
SKU: EP17GSM6P
Wine Enthusiast
93
Jeb Dunnuck
89
Vinous
93

Description

"It’s not often that a GSM exhibits cool-climate character, but this bottling from a coveted vineyard in the Alisos Canyon area does just that. Aromas of muddled mulberry and cherry meet with green peppercorn and garam masala on the nose. The palate is herbal and peppery, showing orange peel and dried ginger against the roasted berry core." ~ Wine Enthusiast 

"...is super-expressive and forward. Sweet floral accents, ripe red cherry, grilled herbs, kirsch and rose petal all grace this inviting, midweight Rhône blend. Lifted and perfumed in feel, with terriffc balance, the 2017 offers quite a bit of immediacy." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

"More spice, kirsch, nuts, and ground herbs notes emerge...a medium-bodied, nicely balanced 2017 with ripe tannins and impressive length. It’s reminiscent of a top Côtes du Rhône and ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years." ~ Jeb Dunnuck

This is a classic Côtes du Rhône blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. The majority of this blend is made up of Grenache, adding red fruit flavors and cinnamon spice. Grenache tends to be higher in alcohol, which contributes to a long tingly finish. Mourvèdre enhances tannin structure and floral aromas while also contributing to a persistent finish. Last but certainly not least, Syrah adds boldness with darker fruit flavors of plum and blueberry while lending its savory nature to complete this blend.

Tasting Notes
COLOR: dark ruby AROMAS: red plum, black cherry, baking spices, cigar box, vanilla, forest floor, bay leaf FLAVORS: black cherry, black raspberry, red plum, blueberry, salted dark chocolate, vanilla, herb de Provence
Barrel Aging
Aged 20 months in 100% 500L French oak puncheons, of which 22% is new
Cooperage
Gamba, Rosseau, Boswell
Vineyard Source
100% Thompson Vineyard (Blocks 1E (Grenache), 2A (Mourvèdre), 1B (Syrah)) located in the Alisos Canyon corridor in Santa Barbara County

Wine Specs

Composition
58% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah
Alcohol %
14.5
Acid
0.564 g/100mL
pH
3.80
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
Harvest Brix
23.8-26.6
Harvest Date
10/19-10/26/17
Production
253 cases