2016 Keplinger 'Lithic' Red Sierra Foothills


100 Point Winemaker, Helen Keplinger keeps striking gold. Jeb Dunnuck sure recognizes her efforts, “Probably one of the top pure Grenache releases in California is the 2016 Grenache Basilisk from the genius of Helen Keplinger. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and seamless on the palate, with nothing out of place and perfect balance, it’s a gem of a Grenache to drink over the coming decade.”

Red Blend
Helen Keplinger
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak
Sierra Foothills
Total Varietal Composition %:
41% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 27% Syrah
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Jeb Dunnuck

Another release from the Sierra Foothills, the 2016 Lithic comes from vines planted in 2002 and 2006 and is a blend of 41% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah that saw some stems in the ferments and 16 months in 15% new, larger barrels. This medium to full-bodied effort has beautiful elegance and purity as well as a great nose of blueberries, ground pepper, wild strawberries, and violets. It’s another Châteauneuf du Pape look-alike that does everything right and is up with some of the top GSM blends coming out of California today