California: Sonoma County
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SUPERIOR WINE ALERT!: Today’s multi medal winning wine is a superb and delicious Syrah, in the Classic California Style
LIBRARY WINE ALERT!: We were lucky to get our hands on this wine, before the winery runs out completely. Today’s allocation is extremely limited, so please act early.
Mission Codename: Checkered Flag
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Spend another day at the track with wine producer and Porsche racing legend Kevin Buckler to find why his wines, like the cars he races, are legendary
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Adobe Road
Wine Subject: 2003 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
Winemaker: Franc Dusak
Backgrounder: Our regular Operatives will recall the success of our most recent mission to Adobe Road Winery. We loved their wines so much that we sent Agent Red back to secure another allotment of wine. This time he returns with their 2003 Syrah, giving the wine the winning checkered flag!
Below his tasting profile for this wine, read Agent Red’s original mission report, where he has his first fun encounter with Adobe Road wines.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep burgundy in color black plum heart, a tight surface and thin, fat tight-packed legs that slowly make their way down the glass
Smell – Like other Adobe Road wines we have enjoyed, this one has a rich, dark and dusky quality, with aromatic dark fruits of blackberry jam, deep plum, smoky cherry, plus mild white pepper, licorice, leather, mild oak and a hint cigar box
Feel – Really round and weightless at first, the its wetness is replaced as the wines structured tannins take hold toward the rear of the mouth as the wine coats your cheeks and lips
Taste – Deep and robust, with flavors that mimic the aromas of the wine. Here you will find jammy mixed dark berries, dark cherry, and currant with spice and a great earthiness
Finish – Rich and extracted, leaving behind flavors that run from sweet to slightly tart and then back to sweet as flavors taper slowly
Conclusion – This is another great wine from Adobe Road. Its no wonder that Kevin has generated such a loyal wine following. As with his racing career, Kevin strives for perfection in his wines, and this 5 year old Syrah seems near at peak, making it a superb ready-to-drink wine that might also cellar well for a couple more years.
(republished from Agent Red’s first encounter with Adobe Road Wines)
I love my missions to France. The wine, the climate and the food all seem to agree with me.
On a recent mission to the French village of Anjou in the Loire Valley (the region in France best known for Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc wines), I was tipped off by a local asset that winery owner and racing legend Kevin Buckler was staying in a hotel neighboring my own.
He was in France for his annual appearance at the world famous auto race, 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kevin and his team drive the incredible Porsche GT3. Kevin is a world-class driver, and he and his team have racked up wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002.
Kevin’s winery, Adobe Road, had been under light surveillance for a few months already and Central Command was preparing to send an Agent to investigate – but I got my own once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Kevin in his racing element, and Central Command approved my impromptu mission and I extended my stay in France.
I am enough of a Porsche fan to have my own sights set on a 2008 Cayman S. Since I had the brochure with me on my travels I used it as a prop, taking it with me to the hotel restaurant where Kevin and his team were having dinner. Having made friends with the Maître ’D earlier (I buttered him up with a bottle of Patrick Bodouin Anjou Villages Cabernet Franc ), I was seated next to their table.
I sat down and positioned the Cayman brochure so that it would be seen by Kevin or his crew. Then I ordered a bottle of great wine and waited. They took the bait and one of the guys at the table leaned over and said to me, “Hey, Buddy. That’s a nice car, but why not spring for a real Porsche and get a GT3?”
Now, I knew that the monster GT3 was their car, but I replied, “I leave that car to the professionals. It’s better suited to the racetrack, if you ask me.”
That opened up a great conversation about Porsches and about wine that went late into the night. Kevin waxed poetic about both and I enjoyed his passion on these two great subjects. As the evening was ending, Kevin’s crew chief invited me to visit pit row for a brief tour of their on-track operations. I jumped at the chance and enjoyed every second of it. At the end of the tour, I asked if I could ride along during a check-ride… and was nearly laughed off the track.
Once the crew chief wiped the tears from his eyes, he became very serious. He quickly escorted me away from the pit row, handed me a few bottles of Adobe Road wine, and pushed me toward the security exit. Oh, well. At least I tried. And, at least I walked away with an arm full of Kevin’s excellent wine.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
A spy photo, taken from the edge of today’s vineyard can be seenhere.
The location the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the Daytona Speedway can be seen in this satellite photo.
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About This Wine:
About The Winery:
Adobe Road is a small, family-owned winery located in Petaluma. We specialize in flavorful, distinctive wines. Each of our vintages is handcrafted with fine attention to detail, for a unique taste and experience. Our wines are created in small lots, allowing precise quality control to ensure that every bottle is just the way our wine artisans intended. Traditionally, Adobe Road has produced rich red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, but 2006 brings a lighter Sauvignon Blanc to our tasting room.
Adobe Road Winery is owned by renowned sports car racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra. Adobe Road Winery produces award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah exclusively from Sonoma County sources. The tasting room is located in Petaluma, California. In 1995 Kevin founded The Racer’s Group (TRG) and grew it into an internationally prominent manufacturer and distributor of performance Porsche parts, while simultaneously building a career as a successful endurance sportscar racer and team owner. Kevin’s accomplishments as a driver include class wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002. As a team owner, Kevin has directed the growth of The Racer’s Group into an internationally-acclaimed racing team.
With friends, the Bucklers started making “garage wine”, which, after prodding from enthusiastic friends started commercially bottling under the Adobe Road label in 1999. Through Kevin’s good connections, he has acquired grapes from some very prestigious vineyards, which he handcrafts into extremely limited-production wines. The awards have followed, with the Adobe Road 2001 Zinfandel winning a Silver medal in the prestigious Orange County Fair Wine Competition. In March of 2005, Adobe Road brought home the gold, with the 2002 Pinot Noir winning a Gold Medal – Best of Class; the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon placing Silver and the 2002 Zinfandel receiving Bronze at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With the goal of producing exceptional wines by hand-crafting small lots of red varietals exclusively from Sonoma County, the Bucklers have dedicated themselves to seeing their vision through to reality, and the results are paying off.