Red Blend, Mordecai Banshee
A red blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Cool climate Syrah from Broken Leg Vineyard in Anderson Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga along with smaller percentages of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache. The list goes on: they love a particular vineyard of Carignan in Mendocino and they found a little Barbera from the Sierra Foothills. Lastly, Touriga Nacional from Rockpile AVA. That last one is a varietal native to Portuguese. It may impart a white flower note to the wine!
The resulting wine is a unique beast. While many red blends try to bowl you over with full throttle richness and power, Mordecai wants to excite and charm you as well. It possesses a blend of both red and black fruit characteristics, bramble and spice on a medium plus frame. The warmth of the vintage makes this one juicier than the last, but the structure is still beautifully integrated. It will drink well for a decade.