Timbervine pick This timberĖlined hillside Syrah vineyard is perched high above the Russian River just beyond the town of Forestville on the steep southeastern slope of Black Mountain. One of the treasures of the vintage, the 2011 Timbervine was hand-picked just before the rains of early October began to fall. Fermented with 10% whole cluster and aged for 21 months, unracked, in three French oak puncheons, the wine from this vintage is a classic cool climate follow-up to the 2010 and a compelling wine for our Timbervine enthusiasts. Structured to age 15+ years.

The 2011 Timbervine Syrah has a dark cola core fringed with youthful purple hues. The nose evokes vivid images of hands stained from crushed black plums in a bowl macerating with cured kalamata olives and a light dusting of white pepper. Another take realizes a goat tenderloin roasting nearby brushed with aged Italian balsamic. The unctuous mouthfeel coats the palate with plum skin and blackberry jam. The dark fruit eventually unmasks an underlying ethereal savory quality with cured iberico ham and black tea. Moderate tannins are well integrated yet persist to a long and memorable finish.

Released: Fall 2013



Greta Mesics and Eva Auchincloss
Russian River Valley
Black Mountain, Westside Road near Forestville
Durell #1
Planted in 1992
Fractured Franciscan,
Grewacke Sandstone
October 3rd

THE WINE ADVOCATE #206, April 2013
(93–95) points
“The 2011 Syrah Timbervine bursts from the glass with blue and black fruits, smoke, tobacco, licorice, incense, savory herbs and new leather. The 2011 is quite rich, layered voluptuous, but it also has plenty of varietal character. Firm tannins and a very classic sense of structure should allow the 2011 to age gracefully for a number of years. In 2011, the Timbervine stands out for its stunning balance. I canít wait to taste this from bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ” — Antonio Galloni


May 2012
92–93 points
“Inky purple. Sexy, floral-accented aromas and flavors of dark berry liqueur, cola and Indian spices. Juicy, penetrating and pure, with a suave blend of richness and verve. Zesty acidity provides lift and finishing cut while silky tannins help shape the exuberant fruit. 10% whole clusters were used this vintage, Sussman told me. ”— Josh Raynolds


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