FMW 97 Points: This is a very serious wine that is bold on the nose and inky colored, with intense aromas jumping out of the glass. This gorgeous, mouth-filling 2021 Casual Encounters is a blend of 47% Mourvédre, 36% Syrah, 14% Grenache, and 3% Carignan. The lush, full-bodied wine offers gobs of bold black stone fruits, a hint of Texas BBQ, with hints of white and black pepper, and a coated dark fruit-flavored palate. This youngster is full-bodied, bold, and richly concentrated, yet offering amazing elegance and beautifully balanced fruit from start to finish. This is a very A-typical Russell From gem, laced with his signature robust, elegant, sultry character, that you drink from 2023 to 2032.
Winemaker Notes: “If you’d known your traveling companion was an international spy, you wouldn’t have ordered the eight-course tasting menu. But here you are, overlooking hills of blackberry bramble and mulberry trees in the warm Golden-hour glow. A spread of candied almonds, complex ciphers, marinated Niçoise olives, Omega wristwatches, white-ower bouquets, clandestine daggers, suits all around with hands to their ears, Herbs de Provence, red pepper glaze, and the electricity of her lace-gloved hand on your knee. Agents are closing in, but you’ll be damned if you miss this sunset.
Side Note: Casual Encounters takes its name from the orgiastic nature of its origins as a blend of small cofermented lots. By giving up control and embracing game-day decisions during harvest, Casual Encounters best captures the lengths Russell will go in setting orthodoxy aside and letting avor take full stage. The 2021 is a blend of 47% Mourvédre, 36% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 3% Carignan
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