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2018 Dry Soucie Vineyard m2 Wines
This quietly complex wine goes deep into subtle blackberry, fig and coffee flavors, while rich, fine-grained tannins add just enough structure for good balance. Nicely integrated hints of vanilla, cinnamon and mocha come out with more sipping, and the finish lingers (Jim Gordon) Rating: 93 The Wine Enthusiast www.winemag.com (May 2022)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Layne Montgomery is a charming, colourful character and a very talented winemaker. Self-taught he started this fantastic project in 2004, creating dynamic, artisanal wines from distinctive vineyards on the West side of Lodi, California.
Some vines are now over 100 years old, which is remarkable for this often forgotten part of the wine world. He eschews French oak for American oak. 'French oak is too delicate, he says. 'It's like putting lipstick on John Wayne'.
The wines have simply got better and better as Layne has honed his craft and he is now making stand out wines for the region. When we met him on a balmy August night amongst the vines of Lodi we were immediately enchanted by his stunning wines and amusing, outspoken character. These are wines with personality and a refined sense of place.
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