width="230" 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. Drink now or cellar for 10-15+ years.

Released: Fall 2014



Greta Mesics and Eva Auchincloss
Russian River Valley
Black Mountain, Westside Road near Forestville
Durell #1
Planted in 1992
Fractured Franciscan,
Grewacke Sandstone
October 2nd


THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
92 points
“The 2012 Syrah Timbervine includes 17% whole clusters and spent 21 months in 500-liter oak pungeons. It exhibits notes of roasted meats, herbs, bouquet garni, licorice, pepper, blackberries and black currants. Long, rich and lusty, this is a much bigger, denser Syrah than the Cherry Camp cuvée. Drink now-2023.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.


May/June 2014
93–94 points
“Bright violet color. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry, blueberry and incense, with a suave floral overtone. Weighty yet graceful and precise, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors with complicating candied violet and licorice qualities. Impressively fresh and focused syrah, with strong finishing spiciness, gentle tannins and a lingering note of floral pastilles. Distinctly elegant in style, and surprisingly approachable at this early stage.”— Josh Raynolds

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
(91–93) points *barrel sample*
“The 2012 Syrah Timbervine utilizes 17% whole clusters and is situated at a 700 foot elevation. From the Durell clone of Syrah, this wine exhibits an inky/ruby/plum color as well as a sweet perfume of black currants, blackberries, licorice and black olives. Medium to full-bodied with excellent ripeness along with outstanding purity and texture, it combines power with elegance. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.” — Antonio Galloni


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