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2017 High Tide, Rhone Blend
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
This High Tide is a blend of equal parts Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Mourvèdre provides spice, florals and earthy tones. Grenache gives red fruit aromatics, while Syrah fleshes out the mid-palate, and adds to the long finish. Fermented using two-thirds whole cluster fruit, this is a full, textured wine that should continue to develop in the bottle for up to 10 years past the vintage. As a young wine, Syrah is showing dominate, but expect Mourvèdre to come to the forefront in the coming years.
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points
The 2017 High Tide Santa Barbara County checks in as close to equal parts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that saw plenty of stems and 18 months in 17% new French oak. This meaty, spicy blend offers a deep purple hue, notes of spiced blackberries, crushed violets, and peppery spice, medium-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a well-balanced, concentrated style that's going to evolve nicely for 7-8 years or more. Maturity 2020-2028. — Jeb Dunnuck
2016 High Tide