2008 Brophy Clark GSM

20131102_154341_resized (2)Santa Ynez, CA
14.7% alc.
$8 at Renton, WA (purchased 11/2/13)

The label indicates 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. Very nice clear ruby red color. First impression on the nose is earth, hay (barnyard), sage, and a touch of cranberry. The excessive hay blew off after about 15-20 minutes and a little more of the fruit started to lift up. On the palate it started a touch hot, but had good acidity and fine tannins. The flavor was dominated by smoke, tobacco, and herbs with hints of raspberry. The fruit stayed a bit hidden. I think it might be from bottle shock as it was just put out in the store on Saturday and we tried it that evening. I am going with a qualified thumbs up although I liked their Pinot Noir better. Still, if you see it at the sale price, it is a darn good qpr and my gut tells me it will get better after a couple of weeks of rest.


3 thoughts on “2008 Brophy Clark GSM

  1. flitcraft

    Found a hidden bottle of this in the cellar. Interestingly, my notes parallel these earlier ones remarkably. This is definitely not a jammy Cali-GSM; more of a brooding, cranberry-plum one. Night one, I thought this was clearly over the hill, the fruit long since having decamped to parts earlier. But tonight, the fruit was less shy, and overall, the balance was pleasant. Plenty of acidity, just enough fruit, some herbally-tobacco notes. The color was still quite youthful for a wine pushing nine years old. But, still, if you have any of this, don’t push your luck–it won’t improve from now and it will likely degrade.

    1. bin5 Post author

      Funny jwc, my wife and I are sipping on this tonight. This bottle started out with a little prune but after about an hour and a half I am getting the cranberry and some raspberry. It’s a decent wine.


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