This timber–lined hillside Syrah vineyard is perched high above the Russian River just beyond the town of Forestville on the steep southeastern slope of Black Mountain. Another vintage treasure, the 2012 Timbervine was fermented with 17% whole-cluster inclusion and aged 21 month in 500L seasoned French oak puncheons. This is classic Timbervine with masculine composition and cool-climate tension.
Plum stained shades of purple fill the glass. Held to the light, the clarity of the 2012 Timbervine showcases a brilliant dark amethyst quality. With a quick swirl, a heady aroma of bursting summer berries flows across the senses. Ripe Boysenberry, blackberry and wild huckleberry are on the forefront. Then a soft undercurrent of cured beef that reminds us… “Oh yeah, Timbervine”. On the palate the more savory notes shine through. A montage of cocoa nibs, charcoal and seared duck flash as the finish comes with a gratifying grip.
Greta Mesics and Eva Auchincloss
Russian River Valley
Black Mountain, Westside Road near Forestville
Planted in 1992
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
(92-94 points) *barrel sample*
“The 2012 Syrah Timbervine is firm, tannic and in need of more time in barrel. Today it is the purity of the fruit that is most striking. Bright mineral and saline notes add energy to the dark red and black-hued fruit. Orange peel, white pepper, flowers and a host of savory notes flesh out on the high-toned, super-expressive finish. Eric Sussman used more whole clusters in 2012 (17%) than 2011, which might explain why the wine needs a bit more time to come together. There is plenty to look forward to in this highly expressive, nuanced Syrah.” — Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013