Vineyard and Region Information: The Gabilan Mountains are a sizable range of rugged granitic and calcareous limestone rich mountains that run down the East side of the Salinas Valley, in Monterey County. The Rhone varietals tend to be their most complex, interesting and revealing their true character potential and vineyard terrior when planted on steep, rocky hillsides. The Gabilans are home to two famous AVAs, Mount Harlan (Calera Wine Company) and Chalone (next to Pinnacles National Park), which have demonstrated there is indeed something special about these mountains. We sourced the Grenache and Syrah for this blend from the 15 year old vines of the Coastview Vineyard, located six miles south of Calera's Mount Harlan AVA and perched at 2,400 ft mountain top. The Mouvedre is from the 30+ year old Antle Vineyard (formally Graff Family Vineyard - Dick Graff was the founder of the Chalone Wine Company and AVA). The region is hardly hospitable to any crop other than low yielding, character rich wine grapes. We believe this among the greatest places to grow Rhone varietals in California which into context that about half of our production is sourced from these remote mountainous vineyards.
Wine Notes: The 2014 GSM is Grenache (49%), Mourvedre (32%) and Syrah (19%) all sourced entirely from the calcareous, limestone and granitic/quartzite soils of the Gabilan mountains. Syrah and Grenache was sourced from the granite and calcareous hills of Brosseau Vineyard in Chalone on August 28 and September 2th. We also sourced Syrah and Grenache from Coastview Vineyard, while the Mourvedre was sourced from Antle Vineyard in Chalone. There are only two new barrels (out of 16) with several once used barrels in the final blend with the remainder neutral. This wine exemplifies why we think the Gabilan Mountains is the best place in California to grow Rhone varietals, and why we think 2014 is a fabulous vintage.
Intense, dark wild berry fruit on the nose with a strong presence of the crushed rock minerality that is a hallmark of the Gabilan Mountains. The bright, intense and concentrated fruit cascades across the palate and then unfolds with layers of complexity on the finish. This wine is only just beginning to reveal it's essence, but with another year or two, it will definitely express far more.
Wine Reviews: ”The 2014 GSM Gabilan Mountain is one of the most potent wines in the range. Bold, punchy and forward, the 2014 exudes depth. Smoke, grilled herbs, gravel, chalk and cured meats add aromatic nuance to a core of intense dark fruit. Today, the 2014 is rich, vivid and impeccably balanced. The tannins could use a bit more time to soften, but this is an exciting wine in every way. 94 points" - Antonio Galloni, Vinous