MAGNUM AVENGER, 2010

MAGNUM AVENGER, 2010

60% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache

A rich, explosive wine, the 2010 Avenger blossoms in the glass nicely as layers of fruit fill out its big, broad shouldered frame. Dark red cherries, plums, menthol and spices all show gorgeous clarity and pure nuance throughout. In 2010, the greater presence of Mourvedre is felt in the wine's depth and volume. The 2010 is a little bit bigger than the 2011 and every bit as compelling. The 2010 is 60% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache.

94 points, Antonio Galloni

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Avenger is always Syrah based, but this wine is reminiscent of some of the first vintages of Avenger with its higher percentage of Mourvèdre. Luna Matta Syrah is the backbone of this vintage. Mourvèdre grapes come from Denner, James Berry and Luna Matta. The Syrah was fermented 50% whole cluster and aged in 30% new French barriques. The Mourvèdre was fermented without stems and aged in second fill French puncheons. The Denner Grenache was destemmed and aged in neutral puncheons.

Magenta in color, the wine shows aromatics of raspberries, cinnamon, tree bark and camphor. A gorgeous mid-palate folds in flavors of cocoa, brown butter, salted caramels and spice. The wine eases into its long finish with rich fruits and lush tannin. Best from 2013-2025.

Vintage 2010
Varietal Shiraz
Appellation Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation Denner, James Berry and Luna Matta
Alcohol % 14