Comartin Cellars - 2018 Cuvee Cassidy GSM

Comartin Cellars - 2018 Cuvee Cassidy GSM

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Comartin Cellars

  • Located in San Carlos, CA with tastings by appointment only
  • Produce approx 3,000 cases per year, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah 
  • Owner/Winemaker Adam Comartin previously made wines with Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos for 10 years before starting his own winery, focused on making artisanal wines from special vineyards. Currently he has produced more than (50) 90+ wines under the Comartin and Porterhouse brands over the last 10 years.

2018 Cuvee Cassidy

  • 300 cases produced
  • 35% Grenache, 50% Syrah, 15% Mourvédre
  • 18 months in 15% new French oak barrels

Cuvee’ Cassidy is a special barrel selection of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre dedicated to our youngest daughter, Cassidy. The wine was crafted from acclaimed vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara, including Tierra Alta vineyard in Ballard Canyon and Camp Four vineyard in the East part of the valley.

Santa Ynez Valley runs East-West with no mountain range blocking the valley from the Pacific Ocean, which enables the cool air and fog to penetrate the vineyard during the long summer days common to Santa Barbara. This is important because it allows for more even ripening and produces balanced flavors.

GSM is an acronym for a wine consisting of the 3 grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre, which are common varieties historically linked to the Rhone area in southern France. Thus, it is commonly referred to as a “Rhone Style” blend.

Each variety is hand-harvested, fermented, and aged sur lie in barrels separately. After extended aging, the perfect blend of varieties and barrels are selected. The Grenache gives the wines aromatics (floral, berry driven nose), while the Syrah gives color, body and concentration. Lastly, a touch of Mourvédre gives structure and length.

Tasting notes
Bright aromas of berry, jam, dried herbs, rosemary, & sandalwood followed by notes vanilla, oak, spice and a soft, round finish.