Keplinger Lithic 2015 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sonoma Valley
subappellation
Knights Valley
JS
95
WS
94
JD
93
VM
93
Additional vintages
2016 2015 2013
JS
95
Rated 95 by James Suckling
An aromatic wine with granite and dark-berry character. Quartz, too. Full-bodied and dense, yet agile. Layered and focused. A fantastic wine. Grenache, mouvedre and syrah. Impressive texture and balance. So in harmony. Co-fermented. Drink or hold. ... More details
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Keplinger Lithic 2015 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JS
95
WS
94
JD
93
VM
93
JS
95
Rated 95 by James Suckling
An aromatic wine with granite and dark-berry character. Quartz, too. Full-bodied and dense, yet agile. Layered and focused. A fantastic wine. Grenache, mouvedre and syrah. Impressive texture and balance. So in harmony. Co-fermented. Drink or hold.
WS
94
Rated 94 by Wine Spectator
Plush, polished and well-knit, with vibrant blackberry, crushed stone, smoky meat and pepper details that build momentum and richness toward the long finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 250 cases made.
JD
93
Rated 93 by Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Lithic comes from rocky, volcanic soils in Amador and is 40% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, and 26% Syrah that was brought up in 10% new French oak (a mix of demi-muids and Burgundy barrels). It has an exotic bouquet of blueberries, crushed flowers, spiced meats, and earth. With terrific purity of fruit, a distinct minerality, no hard edges, and the purity of fruit and elegance that’s the hallmark of all of Helen’s wines, drink this terrific wine anytime over the coming decade.
VM
93
Rated 93 by Vinous Media
Helen Keplinger's 2015 Lithic is a powerful, shockingly tannic wine. I don't think I remember tasting a vintage of Lithic that is this forbidding in the early going. Dense, powerful and explosive, the 2015 captures both the intensity of this hillside site and the very small berries of 2015. The 30% whole clusters are nicely integrated. Time in the glass brings out an attractive rose petal/lavender note that is quite appealing. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 softens over time. Readers will have to be patient here.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sonoma Valley
subappellation
Knights Valley
Additional vintages
2016 2015 2013
Overview
Rated 95 - An aromatic wine with granite and dark-berry character. Quartz, too. Full-bodied and dense, yet agile. Layered and focused. A fantastic wine. Grenache, mouvedre and syrah. Impressive texture and balance. So in harmony. Co-fermented. Drink or hold.
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Region: California

Since the 18th century, California has been a hugely important and influential wine region, acting as a trailblazer for other New World wine regions and utilizing an important blend of traditional and contemporary practices, methods and techniques relating to their wine production. Split into four key areas – the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast and the Central Valley – Californian wineries make the most of their ideal climate and rich variety of terrains in order to produce a fascinating range of wines made with a long list of different fine grape varietals. Today, the state has almost half a million acres under vine, and is one of the world's largest wine exporters, with Californian wines being drunk and enjoyed all across the globe.
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Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.
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Appellation: Sonoma Valley

The mid-nineteenth century was a hugely important era for the United States wine industry, and it was in this period when Sonoma Valley was first used as a wine region. The earliest wineries which made the wide and flat valley floor their home recognized the potential the region had, and noted the fantastic climate Sonoma Valley received. Alongside this, they understood the importance of the mineral rich volcanic soils and geothermal springs of the region, which would go on to provide nutrition for millions of grape vines over the next century and a half. Today, Sonoma Valley is one of California's premier wine producing regions, and it is widely agreed that many of the state's finest red and white wines hail from this beautiful area.
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Since the 18th century, California has been a hugely important and influential wine region, acting as a trailblazer for other New World wine regions and utilizing an important blend of traditional and contemporary practices, methods and techniques relating to their wine production. Split into four key areas – the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast and the Central Valley – Californian wineries make the most of their ideal climate and rich variety of terrains in order to produce a fascinating range of wines made with a long list of different fine grape varietals. Today, the state has almost half a million acres under vine, and is one of the world's largest wine exporters, with Californian wines being drunk and enjoyed all across the globe.
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For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.
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Appellation: Sonoma Valley

The mid-nineteenth century was a hugely important era for the United States wine industry, and it was in this period when Sonoma Valley was first used as a wine region. The earliest wineries which made the wide and flat valley floor their home recognized the potential the region had, and noted the fantastic climate Sonoma Valley received. Alongside this, they understood the importance of the mineral rich volcanic soils and geothermal springs of the region, which would go on to provide nutrition for millions of grape vines over the next century and a half. Today, Sonoma Valley is one of California's premier wine producing regions, and it is widely agreed that many of the state's finest red and white wines hail from this beautiful area.