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For Michel-Schlumberger the process is simple – harness all of your collective passion to produce wines from the greater Dry Creek area, add a dose of lovin’ and there ya have it. Michel-Schlumberger’s winemaker, Mike Brunson is good at his job and his love for wine comes through in each bottle.

2008 Dry Creek Pinot Noir – W.E.P. Rating: 92%

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Bottled: July, 2010
  • Aging: 18 months in 30% new French oak
  • Release Date: October 2010
  • Harvest: August 27-September 8, 2008
  • Production: 392 cases
  • Brix: 23.9-25.5
  • Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
  • pH: 3.69
  • Price: $40 – now sold out

Nose: Charred lumber, dried-cranberries, cigar and black peppercorns.

Taste: A nice flood of cran-raspberry action hits the front palate which is closely followed by smoke, match-stick-flint and rhubarb. The mid palate shows the very young tannins of this wine but airing it out does in fact help quite a bit. The finish hangs out quite well and showcases notes of cigar wrapper and caramel.

2008 Merlot – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
  • Bottled: November 2009
  • Aging: 19 months in 35% new French oak
  • Release Date: February 2010
  • Harvest: Sept 12-Oct 11, 2008
  • Production: 415 cases
  • Blend: 97% Merlot, 3% Malbec Fermentation: Small bins, indigenous yeasts
  • pH: 3.64
  • Clone Merlot clones #6, #181, #348
  • Price: $35

Nose: Blackberries, currant, dark chocolate, spice, tar-bubble, a burnt cigar and leather.

Taste: I definitely get an onslaught of black fruit on the palate – blackberry, black plum, black cherry. Good acids round this wine out and the mid palate shows hints of dark chocolate, currant, spice and Nice, acidic finish that hangs out for awhile and plays very well with food. This is not, however, an over-extracted Merlot that many folks like – it’s light on the oak and presents itself in a more old-world kind of style.

2008 La Source Syrah – W.E.P. Rating: 85%

Technical Data:

  • Varietal: La Source Syrah
  • \Varietal Composition: 98% Syrah
  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Estate
  • Harvest Date: September 17-October 3, 2008
  • PH: 3.76
  • Barrel Aging: 16 Months – 95% French Oak
  • Alcohol %: 14.9
  • Production: 439 Cases
  • Price: $32

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Nose: Blueberries, blackberries, leather, chocolate and tar.

Taste: Leather-bound blueberry and blackberry pie filling that’s been topped with black pepper and shavings of dark chocolate. Good acids – a touch high on the alcohol for me at 14.9% but the overall tannin and fruit structure of this wine holds it pretty well in-check. Nice, lingering finish of the aforementioned pie-filling fruit combination.