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. These are no nonsense, balls to the walls wines that are not for the faint of heart or the pinky raising set.
Winery Notes: See that first-chair flautist, the one really nailing a high E? Last weekend he got the largest gator in Razzor Ranch history. Didn’t shoot it, mind you, but wrestled the scaled beast into submission. Then kicked back with a slice of blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream, black licorice ropes, and a whole gallon of sun tea until the conservation folks showed up. Under that tux, he’s got claw marks head to toe, and he lost a couple ngers but wow, he’s ripping this third movement a new one.
Russell’s 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 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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