2003 Shell and Bone Red
Edmunds St. John
The name "Shell and Bone" is a reference to the soil in which the grapes that produced this wine were grown. The hills on the west side of Paso Robles are comprised, in large part, of Cretaceous Era limestone, the residue of marine life from an ancient sea-bed. (The former name of this wine was "Los Robles Viejos," in reference to the old oaks that set this landscape of tall, bosomy hills, apart from other segments of California's landscape. So the name has moved, in a sense, from the realm of geography to that of geology.) The Mourvedre (36%), Grenache (35%) Syrah (19%) and Counoise (10%) that comprise this wine, all take a big measure of their character from these cretaceous-era deposits of oyster shell, whalebone, and fish skeletons that mark the ground in this area. That character is most often recognized as a kind of dynamic tension in aroma and flavor sometimes alluded to as "nerve" or "nervosity." There's perhaps a more transparent minerality, and strong sense of place that's more pronounced than in wines from other kinds of soils.
Winemaker - Steve Edmunds
|Composition||Mourvedre (36%), Grenache (35%) Syrah (19%) and Counoise (10%)|
|Grape type||Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise|
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