Grateful Palate Southern Belle Red Wine 2016
The idea to use bourbon barrels came over a dinner in 2001 between Dan Phillips and Julian Van Winkle. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. "Hey, let's do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels?...Okay I'll send you some." The wine is a blend of Syrah and Monastrell from southern Spain.
Medium deep opaque purple color with dark red rim. Initial aromas redolent of blackberry and blueberry with underlying hints of red fruits give way to pleasing complex elements of vanilla and toffee. Soft, big, yet elegant mouth feel, rich, full body, density, superb balance and grip, lead to a long finish, carrying intense ripe fruit and complex flavors. Soft, supple, dramatic, sexy wine with a compelling yummy factor that screams 'drink me.'