Relic Wines Ritual 2014

$60.99
$54.89

SKU 47863

750ml

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Ritual has been a constantly evolving wine for us: the diverse varietals, vineyard sources and their micro-climates and soil types, always provide exciting flavor, textural and aromatic possibilities. The result is a wine that, therefore, expresses much more than one terroir or one varietal imprint, but rather it greatly reflects the vintage and growing season. The warmth and steady nature of 2014 provided Ritual with a beautiful backbone and tons of juicy, rich, sexy fruit. We think this will at once be the Ritual with the most upfront appeal as well as the Ritual that is the most ageworthy. Aromatics of raspberry confiture, white pepper, Chinese five-spice, lavender and white flowers fill the glass, leading to a full, dense, layered palate with tons of length.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Relic Wines
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Wine SpectatorWell-built, stylish and loaded with personality. Aromas of smoky pepper beef lead to complex, appealingly gamy flavors of boysenberry, grilled herb and espresso. The tannins are big but ripe on the finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Carignane and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2027. 457 cases made.

Tim Fish, March 31, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Ritual Heritage Proprietary Red Blend is 26% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre, 24% Syrah, 21% Carignan and 3% Petite Sirah, all from old vineyards. The wine spent 20 months in older French oak and is a seductive, high-end California Côtes du Rhône lookalike. Spicy, peppery, meaty notes with some lavender, black raspberry, strawberry and cherry are all present in this delicious, round and hedonistic wine. It's as seductive as dry red wine can be, so drink it over the next 4-6 years.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016

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