2016 La Sirena Art Bus
One of my favorite wines to make, Art Bus is a creative blend that shows off the delicious fruit we grow at our own Calistoga property (Cab Sauv and Syrah). We don’t make it every year, but were able to produce its fifth iteration in the gorgeous 2016 vintage. This wonderful black raspberry colored red blend has a deep, ripe aroma profile of plums and cherries with layers of toasty French oak, caramel and a hint of spice. Across the palate, it’s big, concentrated & velvety – cherry & plum-like fruit and layers of richness complemented by sweet oak notes are harmonious together, and flavors persist with amazing length. A thing of beauty with dense extract, refined tannins and great balance. We chose to release this one at the 5 year mark, one of the optimal times to drink many red wines – although this will also be one to continue aging as you prefer! A portion of the proceeds are donated to Heifer International, an organization dedicated to uplifting families out of poverty and hunger.
From wine critic James Suckling:
“…A savory nose with lots of smoked meat, dried porcini mushrooms and oyster sauce. Black plums and dried thyme, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, sleek yet rounded tannins. Deliciously concentrated layers of black fruit and umami flavors. Even more fantastic after 2022.” 96 points