Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Full-bodied and brooding, with black cherry and dark mocha aromas and concentrated flavors of blueberry, smoky herb and cedar, all held in a vise-grip of tannins. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Counoise. Best from 2017 through 2023. 1,250 cases made.Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94Just bottled, the 2012 Ditch Digger checks in as a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the balance Cinsault and Counoise. Fermented with 50% whole clusters and aged 80% in used 500-liter barrels and the balance in concrete, it offers a southern Rhone-like bouquet of kirsch and blackberry fruits, ground herbs, pepper and spiced meats. This flows to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and yet fresh and elegant wine that will have upward of a decade of longevity.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 77 bottles owned
- 15 collectors