Ovid The Experiment S3.1 Red Wine 2011
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In 2006 we planted a half acre of Syrah. Partly, we liked that it is thought by some that the ancient Romans planted this grape in Vienne, now known as Cote Rotie. Partly we did so because, when Syrah is good, it is very very good, and we’d tasted some spectacular Syrahs from our Pritchard Hill neighborhood. And partly we did so to try something new. Usually we make a small stand-alone bottling of Syrah, but in 2011 the yield was too low. Intrigued by the French and Australian traditions of Cabernet/Syrah blends, we decided to try another new thing—making our own version of a Super Rhone by blending three classic varietals into a uniquely new world wine. The 2011 S3.1 Experiment is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, almost 30% Syrah, and 23% Cabernet Franc. There is an intriguing interplay between the wildness of Syrah and the tamer and more refined Cabernet. Purple-black in color, the S3.1 Experiment wine is a seamless cascade of flavors, delicious & open, and rich without being overpowering.