2007 Backseat Betty

California Proprietary Red Wine

(sold out)

(83 Syrah, 14 Grenache, 3 Viognier)

2007 is a vintage that made both vineyard managers and winemakers look pretty good. No worries or drama throughout the growing season, able to pick seemingly ‘at will’ and textbook fermentations. Our only worry for the vintage was that it would be almost too well behaved. So, in ’07 more than any other year, creativity in blending to bring out the vintage’s character was of the highest priority.

Backseat Betty is the first of four blends we bottled from this vintage, and while probably the most forward of the bunch, it unfolds slowly. At this early stage the wine shows best when decanted for 12-24 hours.

Reviews

Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 190

The dark ruby/purple-tinged, full-bodied 2007 Back Seat Betty, a blend of 83% Syrah, 14% Grenache, and 3% Viognier from five separate vineyards, exhibits sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit intermixed with darker currants, pepper, and meaty characteristics. While approachable, it will be even better with additional aging, and should drink well for 6-10 years.

Wine Spectator

A delicate style, with firm, ripe, spicy cherry, plum and mineral notes that are full-bodied and complex, unfolding gracefully and ending with a detailed finish. Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. Drink now through 2017. 175 cases made. –JL

Wine Enthusiast

The grapes for this marvelous Rhône blend come from various vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. The blend is 83% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 3% Viognier. The aroma is marked by the scent of white pepper, black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and buttered toast, with similar flavors. It’s rich to the point of decadence, yet balanced and minerally. New oak to the tune of 65% is easily integrated. Drink now. - S.H.

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