Du Vin Crush is so pleased that our client Serrano Wines has received very high scores from Jeb Dunnuck.  Specifically, the 2016 and 2017 Viognier both received over 93 points.  In addition, the Firebolt – one of my personal favorites, received 90 points.  The following is a direct quote from Jeb Dunnuck:

“A new estate for me, I was pretty much blown away by the two Viogners from winemaker Sarah Flemming Garrett, and if you’re a Condrieu lover, you owe it to yourself to give these a try. Starting with the bottled 2016 Viognier, it’s 100% varietal and spent 12 months in 50% new oak. It boasts classic Condrieu notes of ripe citrus, apricots, brioche, and subtle caramelized notes to go with a beautifully rounded, textured, yet fresh and focused style on the palate. Count me impressed and it should drink brilliantly for 2-3 years. Not yet bottled, the 2017 Viognier is in the same ballpark and offers sensational notes of buttered citrus, tangerine, orange blossom, and white flowers. It’s rich, layered, and textured as well as vibrant, and probably the closest thing to a top Condrieu I’ve tasted from California. Moving to the reds, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 70% new French and American oak barrels. This medium to fullbodied, big, ripe effort offers a solid perfume of black currants, flowers, cedary spice, and mint. It has some aggressive tannins yet is balanced and I suspect will come together nicely once in bottle. The gem of the 2016s, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2016 Monastrell (there’s 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot) boasts a terrific nose of earthy dark fruits, plums, and pepper herbs to go with a rounded, nicely concentrated, layered style on the palate. This beauty has loads of potential, is balanced, and should drink nicely right out of the gate, yet also evolve for 7-8 years. The 2016 Horcrux (60% Mourvèdre and 20% each of Grenache and Syrah) offers plenty of earthy red and black fruits, some Old World funk and charm, medium body, and a balanced, supple, textured style. Brought up in demi-muids and all from the Russell Family Vineyard, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. A step up, the 2016 Firebolt checks in as a unique blend of 40% each of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, with the balance Syrah, brought up in French and American oak. It offers a lifted bouquet of cedary spice, dried orange peel, flowers, and plums as well as a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, incredibly charming style on the palate. It too will keep for 7-8 years. www.serranowine.com

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