90 points by Wine Advocate
Rising Tempo is inspired by Nritya, the KamaSutra Art of Dance. Featuring LA contemporary dancer, Reshma Gajjar, photographed as she indulges in her dance.
Two lovers embrace on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve. The crack of fireworks sounds in the distance, the smell of flint slowly drifting in. Closer still are the aromas of plum, blackberry, clove, and violets… the alluring combination of a paramour’s perfume. As the stroke of midnight nears, the fireworks increase their intensity and flavors of pomegranate and dark chocolate boldly leap onto your palate. Rising Tempo’s structure is firm and sure, staying deftly balanced and using your entire tongue as its stage on which to dance. A refined, focused tannin accompanies the wine the full length of its waltz to a smooth finish. The end of each sip gives both cause to reflect on wines gone by and the anticipation of corks yet to pop.
Nose: flint, gun powder, plum, blackberry, cedarwood, clove, spice box, hoisin, violet, pomegranate, dark chocolate
Palate: medium bodied, stays balanced on the palate, using the entire tongue
Finish: refined, focused tannin structure accompanies the wine for its full length. Plum, dark chocolate/cacao
The stroke of midnight on NYE as two lovers dance on a rooftop
Cleopatra’s Aphrodisiac:Rose Hips, Rose Petals, Cardamom, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Sea Salt, Cocoa
This versatile blend can liven up a tapenade, a roast dish, or even a dessert, not only on the taste buds but also visually!
Serve at 59°-64° F
VARIETALS 33% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 34% Tempranillo
APPELLATION Paso Robles, California
AGING All barrel aged, with combination of new, neutral, and once-used French oak.