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Quivira 2008 Elusive -- Wine Review

Dry Creek Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week January 31, 2011

A bottle of Quivira 2008 Elusive, our Wine of the Week review

Quivira Vineyards and Winery
2008 Elusive


Quivira is one of California's most green wineries. In addition to its role as a leader in biodynamic winemaking, the winery also grows organic produce for local, Wine Country restaurants. Although it makes the classic Dry Creek Valley styles of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira is focused on Rhone varietals. They currently bottle estate-grown Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Elusive, a red blend. The 2008 Elusive is made from 34 per cent Syrah, 32 per cent Grenache, 28 per cent Mourvedre and 6 per cent Petite Sirah. On the nose, the wine offers a delicious bouquet of plum, blackberry, black currant, clove and a hint of bacon fat (a classic Syrah note). A mouth-filling wine, it offers currants, intense, dried strawberry, blackberry and spice with something earthy and meaty at the back of the palate. Its body and length are impressive for a wine in this price range. Soft tannins make it an easy-drinking style but good acidity makes the wine food-friendly. It would work well with an herb-rubbed loin of pork, Italian sausage, duck confit or tomato-based vegetarian dishes.

Rating: 14/20

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(Updated: 01/31/11 JC)

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