2013 Keplinger Wines MarsRed Blend Sonoma Moon Mountain
Helen Keplinger's wines are becoming increasingly difficult to find outside of her mailing list, but she and husband DJ Warner were kind enough to extend us an allocation of this killer GSM. From a vineyard high above Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, this is 50% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre that were all co-fermented since they ripened together. Beautifully soft and smooth, with a peppery, crushed-raspberry and huckleberry aroma. Sweet floral notes open up first, followed by a host of pine, menthol and rose petal overtones. At times, the Mars feels ethereal and elusive, yet there is plenty of depth to back things up. To be sure, this eccentric red has plenty to say." - Vinous "