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2012 Virage Barrel Select - 750ml
Quantity in Stock:142
by Wine Enthusiast! The Barrel Select is something exceptionally special, bottled only occasionally.... This 2012 bottling celebrates the deep complexity and richness of a favorite hillside site. Of the nine barrels produced in 2012 from this block, the other eight are playing a major role in the 2012 blend. These precious 60 gallons were the special prize, aged over two years in French oak (a favorite Saury barrel, on its second fill), kept separate in rackings, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. No tricks, no new oak, this is exquisite primary fruit character. Sold only here, direct from the winery.
Tasting notes: Deep, dark aromas of cassis, luscious black fruit, leather & tobacco. On your tongue, the density is striking, this is a full-bodied, gooey-smooth wine. Mineral-rich black stonefruits and berries, all things "good bitter"--bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Finishing with slippery elm and powerful anise/black licorice with a beautiful menthol lift. The mouth-coating structure remains for a very long "finish"--it truly does not quit. Frankly, we knew it was special in the barrel, some magic definitely occurred, but tasting now (2017), I can't believe we made this wine. Dead ringer for a top Grand Cru Bordeaux. A special occasion wine; it will not disappoint the most serious collector. And all this structure and flavor packed into 13.9% alcohol. Ready to drink now (2017); no decant necessary.
Because it's unfiltered a bit of sediment will form around the cork/neck when stored upside down. Turn upright a day before drinking, and/or give a little wipe inside the neck before serving.
Grab a fine, aged cheese and a good friend.
Just 22 cases produced.
HARVESTED: October 2012
Barrel aged 25 months: 100% French, 100% Saury
Bottled: December 2014
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
TA: 6.7 pH: 3.53
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