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2012 Doctrina Perpetua "Rousseau"

2012 Doctrina Perpetua "Rousseau"
2012 Doctrina Perpetua "Rousseau"

Winemaker Notes: Similar in style and structure to the 2009 Doctrina, one of our most popular wines. This is not for the faint of heart, the 2012 Doctrina is a colossus of a wine. Deep, opaque purple in color. The bouquet offers cassis, huckleberry, graphite, tar, truffle, vanilla, and violets. Very full-bodied with substantial yet silky tannins and highly intense focused flavors. On the palate there are notes of blueberry, cassis, mint, graphite, black raspberry, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, minerals, and earth. For being such a big wine it is remarkably lithe on the palate, finishes with great length and refreshing acidity. Properly cellared this wine will hit maturity in 8-10 years and will easily hold for another 10 years after that.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 157 hours and a post-fermentation maceration of 35 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.

Cooperage: Elevage was 30 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very gently filtered using crossflow filtration.

Cases Produced: 78

Vintage2012
VarietalSyrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardBacchus Vineyard
Acid6.0 g/L TA
PH3.74
Aging15-20 years
Alcohol15.90%
Volume750 ml

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94 Points

03/29/2016

 

Taking great interest in a range of flavors and terroirs, Bilo Naravane sourced this Syrah from Block 5 in the Bacchus Vineyard. This saw 30 months in 40% new French oak before bottling. The title for this 65 case production wine means 'forever learning' in Latin. The wine begins with aromas of blackberry preserves, creosote, and milk chocolate. This leads to flavors of blackberry jam, anise, cassis and black olive. Drinking beautifully right now but having tremendous structure and intensity. Very viscous example of the Columbia Valley style of Syrah. (Best 2016-2026).

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

92+ Points

06/29/2015

 

Coming all from Bacchus Vineyard in the Columbia Valley, the 2012 Syrah Doctrina Perpetua is a young, concentrated and modern-style Syrah that gives up lots of black fruits, espresso roast, chocolate and a kiss of sweet oak to go with a full-bodied, ripe, layered and classically structured feel on the palate. It needs short-term cellaring to integrate its oak elevage, but it's an excellent wine.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

91+ Points

11/16/2015

 

(15.9% alcohol; from fruit cropped at 2.1 tons per acre): Saturated bright ruby. Superripe, almost port-like aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and German chocolate cake. Very rich, chocolate and sweet; more phenolic than the foregoing wines, displaying intense blackberry and tar flavors and seriously tough, drying tannins that will need time to resolve. This very dense, bound-up wine is as close to a solid as to a liquid. Boasts powerful retention of fruit but will require considerable patience.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Media

91 Points

 

Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast


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