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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine & Spirits, 94 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Green Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 101491
La Bruma ("the mist or fog") pays tribute to the role fog plays in producing our unique microclimate. The nose has medium to high intensity with red fruit and floral notes. Smoke, lavender and nicoise black olive tapenade aromas intermingle with cinnamon and other brown spices around a black raspberry core. On the palate La Bruma is powerful and smooth with fine silky tannins. Aromas of boar sausage, cured meat and guava build in the mid-palate. The finish is very long with lingering notes of mocha and marionberries. The 2006 La Bruma has more depth and is less peppery than the superb 2005.
La Bruma will provide much enjoyment on release if you pop the cork and drink straight away. But this is a wine that will engage all of your senses with 5 years or more in bottle. It has the structure, the depth of fruit and the breed to be a superior wine.
The fog at Peay's far-coast vineyard seems to invest syrah with meaty peppercorn spice, the element in this wine that powers the red fruit with a nearly electric buzz. The color translates the fog into a vibrant, rosy edge: the tannins take it to mean minerals, as if picking up on the same soil character that pinot noir might translate into wine. La Bruma continues to grow more distinctive and elegant with each vintage.
Vivid ruby. Seductively perfumed bouquet of fresh raspberry, black olive, Asian spices and minerals. Sweet red berry flavors stain the palate and are framed by silky tannins that are quickly absorbed by the fruit. There's a pinot-like tension and focus to this wine that's really intriguing. The very clean finish features excellent precision and cut. This is Cote-Rotie to La Bruma's Hermitage.