The 2015 Ghost Cat is a blend of 40% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. While Syrah represents the varietal with the highest percentage of the blend, the remaining 60% is all Bordelaise, leaning the wine to that style. The Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc all come from the Smith Family Vineyard in Antelope Valley, and were harvested together and co-fermented, while the Syrah came from a high elevation vineyard in Leona Valley, and was vinted and aged separately. The wines were both pressed into neutral oak barrels after fermentation, then moved to new French oak after racking off the lees the following spring. The wine spent 33 months in barrel, then an additional 15 months in bottle before release. Only 20 of these magnums were produced, all of which were hand-bottled, hand-labeled, hand-numbered, and dipped in wax.
This elegant, garnet colored wine shows deep notes of cherry and clove on the nose, supported by cedar, worn leather, and a touch of sage. The sip delivers fresh raspberries and bing cherries, with waves of refreshing acidity that follow the red fruits, and linger on the nuanced finish.
Portions of the proceeds from this wine will be donated to SaveLACougars.org, to help fund the planned wildlife bridge over the 101 freeway. For more information on this cause, or to donate, click HERE.
90 points / Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine