The Gibson Block is the heart of the McDowell Valley AVA. It is planted with some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache in California. This ancient, dry farmed mixed block next to the original Gibson Homestead has been producing grapes for over a hundred years. Reflecting the hidden property where it is grown, this Syrah is quiet, obscure and profound. Limited in production due to the unique grape source, this wine is built to enjoy with food and will age at least a decade, only increasing in subtleness and complexity.
Our Estate Series represents our purest expressions of place. Having worked with the fruit from tens of vineyards over the years, we have identified three special sites that we believe produce extraordinary wine. These wines are produced in limited quantities, have ultra-developed acid and tannin profiles and achieve a beautiful balance of intense structure and bright aromatics.
The 2016 Syrah Estate Gibson Block is the star of this range from Marietta. From a dry-farmed site planted in the 1880s, the Gibson Block is powerful, sumptuous and racy to the core. A whole range of complementary varieties give the Gibson Block striking inner perfume and lift to play off the intense dark fruit, while silky tannins add to the wine’s racy, inviting personality.
—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
- Aged for 18 months in neutral barrels.
- 650 cases produced
- 15.1% Alcohol
- Release Date: Fall 2019
- Drink now or age up to 15 years