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2017 This Way That Way

50% Grenache, 50% Morvédre. With co-fermentation, two or more grape varieties are fermented together in the same vat. This Way That Way takes 50/50 Grenache and Mourvèdre co-fermentations from both James Berry Vineyard and MAHA Estate and blends them into a 100% awesome wine. It offers an ethereal concoction of treble and bass. An intriguing brooding magenta color lures you in for an explosion of scents that jump starts one’s olfactory system. A Tangiers market comes to mind with scents of exotic spices, grilled meats, fresh flowers, clementines, hashish and musk. The palate is textural and concentrated offering a finish that goes on for days. This is SO delicious!!! Drink 2020-2028

"Checking in as an even split of Grenache and Syrah from the estate MAHA Vineyard and James Berry Vineyard, the 2017 This Way That Way has a meaty, spicy style as well as lots of blueberry and cherry fruit, notes of ground pepper and violets, full-bodied richness, beautiful tannins, and a great finish. It's straight-up classy and just a stunning wine from this estate. It should easily evolve for a decade as well." 97 pts -

2018 Avenger

70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignan, 2% Mourvedre. Syrah from G2 and Luna Matta blended with MAHA Estate Petite Sirah, Carignan and Mourvedre comprise this years Avenger. This wine is based in purity, power, and precision. The vivid ruby/purple color catches your eye as it pours into the glass. Decadent aromas of black fruits, smoked meats, earth and spice lets you know you are in for a ride. The palate is insane! Mouth filling and rich without being over the top. It really hits the sweet spot of fruit and complexity. The tannins are fine and the length goes on for miles. On day one it was delish but day two took it to another level proving it will go the long haul and give pleasure for years to come. This one goes to 11 Baby….Drink 2020-2032

"Inky violet. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented black/blue fruit liqueur, incense and potpourri scents take on exotic spice and licorice notes with aeration. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, offering sappy blueberry, cassis, candied violet and fruitcake flavors that are sharpened by smoky mineral and spice flourishes. The spicy note drives an impressively long, energetic finish, and chewy tannins provide shape and firming grip." 95 pts - Vinous Media

2018 Garnacha

100% Grenache, certified organic. Grenache can be big, dark and rich or it can be more translucent and bright depending on where it’s grown and the winemaker’s hand. We like to allow the sites to dictate the personality of the wine; in this case, MAHA Estate and Luna Matta. The combination of these two site brings sheer delight with the 2018 vintage. Luna Matta offers a darker profile with aromatics of black fruits, spice and mountain herbs while MAHA, shows a higher level of energy and precision with a profile of pomegranate, bright red fruit, kirsch and spice. A dark ruby profile draws you into the glass while the aromatics take you down the rabbit hole. Steeped cherries, cured meats, crushed rocks and licorice transition to a generous palate with great purity and balance. 2018 Garnacha strikes a perfect blend of fruit and savory framed by a modest structure that gives pleasure in the near term but also will allow for some time in the cellar. Drink 2020-2027

"Dark, shimmering ruby. Expressive red/blue fruit, floral and exotic spice scents are joined by building licorice and succulent herb notes. Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering alluringly sweet, well-concentrated black raspberry, cherry cola, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors sharpened by a snap of spicy white pepper. Shows superb energy and red-fruit-driven thrust on the finish, which hangs on with strong, gently tannic persistence." 95 pts - Vinous Media

2018 High Road

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre. Another exceptional vintage off of James Berry Vineyard has created a wine that has texture, finesse, and approachability along with weight, complexity and the ability to cellar. This wine was co-fermented with various percentages of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre depending on the picks. The overall blend is 35% whole clusters and 20% new French oak (500 liter puncheons). Deep garnet in color, it offers amazing aromatics of black and red fruits, cured meats, Silver Lupine (a California wildflower), and spice. Its palate is sexy, rich and textural with just enough verve to have you salivating for more. While enjoyable now, it will deliver in spades with a few years of patience in your cellar. Drink 2021-2035

"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral oil aromas pick up exotic spice and pipe tobacco nuances with air. Fleshy, juicy and impressively concentrated, offering ripe boysenberry, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with resonating florality, gently gripping tannins and superb persistence." 96 pts - Vinous Media

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