The Story : It all started with 7 barrels stashed in his employer’s cellar. What started as a modest homage to his rancher grandfather has become a beacon to those seeking opulent, structured Syrah and Grenache. To maintain balance while giving avor full stage, Russell works with 30 top-tier vineyards in over 7 distinct growing regions between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Vineyards of particular note include: Bien Nacido, Slide Hill, Larner, Shadow Canyon, Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta and White Hawk. ese are no nonsense, balls to the walls wines that are not for the faint of heart or the pinky raising set.
The Wine: This isn’t just any rinky-dink poker night, it’s the hottest game in town. The blinds are as big as the balls being broke, and if you aren’t going big, you should probably go home. You take your seat and your chips and brace yourself. The flop is huge with brambles and black pepper. Violet and orange muscat on the turn has you feeling strong. You catch a blend of nectar and honey on the river, which sweetens the pot. You can spot the tell across the table, so you make the call. And you go home a legend.
Winemaker Notes: Ultra extracted by California sunshine and a bit of that classic Russell P. From “don’t pick it till you’ve finished your Christmas shopping” magic, this is the most dangerous wine I’ve made yet. For anyone who drinks French roast and likes their bacon extra crispy.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “Coming all from sites in Paso Robles and 100% Petite Sirah, the purple, almost blue 2018 First Time Caller gives up a monster bouquet of blueberries, jammy blackberries, violets, ground pepper, and a touch of rocky minerality. A classic wine from this estate with its super plush, ripe, yet still balanced and pure style, it’s one hell of a steakhouse red to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.“
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