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Torrin 2013 The Maven Grenache James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles

94 Points                                   
From one of Paso Roble's up-and-coming superstars, this new release is extremely limited.  The vineyard was planted by Justin Smith of Saxum and Eric Jensen from Booker.  Scott Hawley is owner and winemaker, with very small production each year. 

94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 The Maven is a top barrel selection (20% whole clusters and 18 months in 30% new French oak) and is a rare 100% Grenache from California that has true richness and depth. Notes of kirsch, dried spices, incense, strawberries and flowers all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless red that has ultra-fine tannin, impressive mid-palate depth and a great finish. I like it now, but it will age like a Grenache-dominated Chateauneuf du Pape and keep for a decade...

...These latest 2013s are hands down the greatest wines to date from winemaker Scott Hawley. In addition to superb tannin quality, they have brilliant purity of fruit and concentrated, balanced profiles that will allow them to evolve gracefully. In addition to the core lineup of the Akasha, Banshee, Mavin and Tsundere, Scott has expanded the lineup with the James Berry Vineyard (first vintage was 2012) and the new Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah, which comes from a cooler site on York Mountain, on the western edge of Paso Robles."

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