Rhône-Style Red Blend Just Released by Carica Wines
Complex, brimming with red fruit flavors, seductive smoky finish
Carica Wines has just released its newest Rhône-style red blend, the 2010 ‘Siren’ from Sonoma County. This proprietary red wine is complex, brimming with red fruit flavors, and finishes with a seductive smoky note. In the tradition of classic French blends of several winegrape varietals, the 2010 ‘Siren’ from Carica Wines combines Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
Update, December 2012: Carica 2010 Siren earned a 90-point rating from the Wine Spectator.
Carica’s Syrah, a single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch, is at the heart of the 2010 Siren blend. Through blending trials, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum determined the final combination of the separately fermented and aged component winegrape varieties. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined in March, 2012. 183 cases were produced.
With carefully balanced fruit and tannins, the Rhone-style blend is a quintessentially food-friendly wine. Never shy about offering food match preferences, Dollbaum recommends that wine lovers offer friends a glass of ‘Siren’ with bistro-style skirt steak with wild arugula salad, grilled lamb with rosemary, Portobello burgers, and roast duck.
The wine is for sale for $32 per bottle and $345 per case of 12. Carica 2010 Rhone-style red blend can be purchased directly from the winery. (See the “Purchase” tab on the Carica website, www.CaricaWines.com ). Carica wines are also available for purchase at select wine shops in San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Menlo Park, California.
Since its founding in 2005, Carica Wines has stayed true to its vision, producing wines of extraordinary character from small lots of premium grapes. In addition to its proprietary Rhone-style red blend, Carica makes single-vineyard Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery is located in an urban winemaking space in the San Francisco Bay Area, close to Northern California’s premium winegrape growing regions. The winery’s name and the fig leaf on the Carica label are inspired by the rugged fig trees (Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of Sonoma vineyards. Together, the grapevine and fig tree have traditionally symbolized a life of peace and prosperity.