Brian Benson 2013 Red Blend S & M
2013 Red Blend
- S & M
- Paso Robles AVA
- Platinum Wine Club Selection
- 93 Points — Wine Enthusiast
- 91 Points — Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
- 90 Points — Wine Spectator
- Caliza Vineyard, Willow Creek AVA, Paso Robles
- 78% Syrah, 22% Mourvèdre
- 22 months in French Oak
- Enjoy Until
Don’t let the S & M distract you. It stands for Syrah and Mourvèdre; the two Rhône varietals that make up this wonderful wine from Caliza Vineyard, one of Willow Creek AVA’s top vineyards. Compelling aromas of smoky plumb and boysenberry blend with intense bouquets of lavender and purple flowers. Middle palate is filled with fresh spice tones, blackberry, anise, and pepper to tarragon to create complexity. Tannins are laced with minerals and are silky to the finish.
A blend of 78% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre were used in this wine that was aged for 22 months in new French oak. Try a grilled Rib eye or Flank Steak with this big one, but go light on the barbeque sauce. Duck and Venison will also stand up to this Rhône varietal.