This vintage is the first time we have released "The Baron", a GSM Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend. Our estate property is now planted to Grenache and Syrah and we look forward to setting a new standard for the quality level of GSM blends in the United States.
Baron Le Roy, was a World War I fighter pilot and French war hero. In 1935 he spearheaded the creation of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system that would become the basis of French wine laws and a benchmark for wine regulations around the world. He married the Baroness of Chateau Fortia in the southern Rhone region of France. As the new Proprietor of this historic Chateau, The Baron was known for demanding nothing but the highest quality from his beloved Chateauneuf du Pape exotic red varietals, (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre) and to this day, his standard for excellence for southern Rhone blends is being upheld in the rare microclimates of Santa Barbara County.
Aromas of black plums, blackberries, raspberries, leather, peppercorn tree, and smoky oak with a flavor profile of boysenberry, blackberries, followed by dried herbs, baking spices and smoked meats with herbal complexities and a firm tannin backbone from the whole cluster Syrah.