Sonoma Coast, California
Produced by Eric Sussman of Radio-Coteau (highly sought after cult Syrah), the County Line wines source fruit harvested from both Sonoma and Mendocino vineyards. County Line wines are all fermented in stainless steel or neutral oak and are produced with the intention to create wines that can be enjoyed easily in their youth and partnered with food. In addition to the Syrah, the team also makes a Zinfandel, Pinot and Chardonnay with the County Line label. They are all cool climate representations of the vineyards of Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and North Coast. The wine was not filtered, meaning you should expect to see some sediment. Sediment is the remaining particles that are left in the wine after fermentation, perfectly natural and safe. Allow the wine to stand upright for an hour or two to allow the sediment to settle in the bottom of the bottle. When you decant or pour slowly, this helps to leave the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Enjoy with a light chill to 18C, by 2018.
Medium opacity core, cherry coloured.
Warm and earthy aromas. For an elegant and vibrant wine, there is an intoxicating combination of peppercorn, juniper, dried violets, black tea and forest floor. The savoury notes balance well with fresh picked berries and red plums.
As a Syrah should be, addictively spicy. The County Line is subtle enough with delicate spice, exotic florals and wild red berries, but with a bold presence enveloping your whole mouth. Neutral French oak fermentation adds body and tannin, rather than additional spice and flavour. County Line is produced with the same techniques and in the same winery as Radio-Coteau.
Who are we to argue? County Line suggests, steak au poivre with roasted herb de provence fingerling potatoes. We think any classic meat & potato pairing will let this wine shine!
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette
Retail: $26.99 Club: $20.49