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OVID 11 EXPERIMENT S3-1
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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OVID 2011 PROPRIETARY RED "EXPERIMENT S3-1" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

Ovid Vineyards is one of the true new "cult kids on the street". The vineyards are meticulously maintained by David Abreu, and the wines are made by Andy Erickson (Screaming Eagle, Arietta, Dalla Valle, Dancing Hares, Favia) and Austin Peterson. And it doesn’t appear to matter what kind of Cabernet blends Ovid releases in any given year… the wines always have us salivating!

Notes from Winemaker Austin Petersen: In 2006 we planted a half acre of Syrah. Partly, we liked that it is thought by some that the ancient Romans planted this grape in Vienne, now known as Cote Rotie. Partly we did so because, when Syrah is good, it is very very good, and we’d tasted some spectacular Syrahs from our Pritchard Hill neighborhood. And partly we did so to try something new.

Usually we make a small stand-alone bottling of Syrah, but in 2011 the yield was too low. Intrigued by the French and Australian traditions of Cabernet/Syrah blends, we decided to try another new thing—making our own version of a Super Rhone by blending three classic varietals into a uniquely new world wine.

The 2011 S3.1 Experiment is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, almost 30% Syrah, and 23% Cabernet Franc. There is an intriguing interplay between the wildness of Syrah and the tamer and more refined Cabernet. Purple-black in color, the S3.1 Experiment wine is a seamless cascade of flavors, delicious & open, and rich without being overpowering.
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