NEW RELEASES: Mending Wall

And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
from Robert Frost’s Mending Wall
The boundary that separates neighbors is the boundary that brings them together…the namesake of Mending Wall.  This beautiful new winery on Silverado Trail is a collaboration between Frank and Kathy Dotzler of Outpost and Mark Pulido and Donna Walker of Pulido Walker.  With Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown at the helm, this winery is truly a ‘who’s who’ of Napa Valley.
Now at Capitol Cellars is the massive 2015 ‘Palisades Vineyard’ Petite Sirah (Reg. $55, now $44.95).  It shows great fruit, soft tannins and plenty of blackberry, incense and white flowers.
“Inky, deep and plush, it packs a serious punch.  Much of the wildness of Petite, especially in the tannin profile, has been tamed.  It is a gorgeous wine in every way.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni
“It should drink well for at least 24-25 years.”  94 points, Wine Advocate
Also available is 2015 ‘Mortar & Stone’ Red, a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  An intriguing wine with lots of complexity and structure, it is sourced from fruit grown in Aida Vineyard, high atop Atlas Peak.  According to Brown, the vineyard produces some of the most impressive berries, nicely structured and spicy rather than ‘super jammy’.  That spice component pairs beautifully with the tannin backbone and deep, black color of Mending Wall’s estate Syrah grapes.  It has a seductive appeal with good balance between earthy inputs and luscious fruit.
Reg. $50, now $39.95.