Keplinger Sumo 2016 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sierra Foothills
subappellation
Amador County
JS
95
VM
95
JD
94
WA
94
WS
93
Additional vintages
2016 2015
JS
95
Rated 95 by James Suckling
This is a fantastic red with blackberries, blueberries and white pepper. Full-bodied, layered and solid. Yet, it’s agile and focused for a petite syrah with a hint of viogner. Drink now. ... More details
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Keplinger Sumo 2016 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JS
95
VM
95
JD
94
WA
94
WS
93
JS
95
Rated 95 by James Suckling
This is a fantastic red with blackberries, blueberries and white pepper. Full-bodied, layered and solid. Yet, it’s agile and focused for a petite syrah with a hint of viogner. Drink now.
VM
95
Rated 95 by Vinous Media
The 2016 Sumo is another positively stunning wine from Helen Keplinger. Petite Sirah takes center stage in an inky, beautifully textured red that hits all the right notes. Here too, I am blown away by the purity and nuance Keplinger coaxes from her sites. The Sumo is heady and explosive, with tons of energy, with impeccable balance and a level of sheer allure that makes it absolutely irresistible, even in the early going.
JD
94
Rated 94 by Jeb Dunnuck
The inkiest colored wine in the lineup is the 2016 Sumo, which is a Petite Sirah-dominated blend that includes 13% Syrah and 3% Viognier, all from the Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County, aged 16 months in 60% new French oak. Its saturated purple color gives way to a ripe, full-bodied red that has good acidity and purity, classic notes of black and blue fruits, lots of minerality, and more nuanced notes of liquid violets, smoked earth, and spice. It’s a layered, ripe, balanced red that I suspect will be drinking nicely in another 15 years or more.
WA
94
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The 2016 Sumo is blended of 93% Petite Sirah and 7% Viognier, aged 16 months in 66% new French oak. It is very deep purple-black in color and a little closed, revealing notes of crushed raspberries, black cherries and warm plums plus hints of wild blueberries, spice box and roses. The palate is full-bodied with a firm frame of very ripe, plush tannins and oodles of freshness lifting the red and black berry flavors to a long perfumed finish. 295 cases produced.
WS
93
Rated 93 by Wine Spectator
Dark and brooding, with a polished yet muscular backbone, wrapped in rich and layered blackberry and plum flavors, accented by white pepper, toasted sage and peppered beef hints. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier. Best from 2021 through 2027. 295 cases made.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sierra Foothills
subappellation
Amador County
Additional vintages
2016 2015
Overview
Rated 95 - The 2016 Sumo is another positively stunning wine from Helen Keplinger. Petite Sirah takes center stage in an inky, beautifully textured red that hits all the right notes. Here too, I am blown away by the purity and nuance Keplinger coaxes from her sites. The Sumo is heady and explosive, with tons of energy, with impeccable balance and a level of sheer allure that makes it absolutely irresistible, even in the early going.
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Region: California

It isn't difficult to see how California became one of the world's most important, successful and influential wine regions. Since the first vines were planted in the state by Spanish pioneers in the 18th century, the region has made the most of its ideal climatic conditions, which range from hot, dry and arid to windswept and cool, for vineyard cultivation and wine production. Today, California has almost half a million acres under vine, and hundreds of independent and well established wineries dotted across its vast wine-making areas. Californian wines range from the traditional, and those emulating fine Old World wines, to the experimental and unique, and it is the home to many of the world's most exciting and trailblazing wineries producing excellent bottles for the global market.
fields

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.
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It isn't difficult to see how California became one of the world's most important, successful and influential wine regions. Since the first vines were planted in the state by Spanish pioneers in the 18th century, the region has made the most of its ideal climatic conditions, which range from hot, dry and arid to windswept and cool, for vineyard cultivation and wine production. Today, California has almost half a million acres under vine, and hundreds of independent and well established wineries dotted across its vast wine-making areas. Californian wines range from the traditional, and those emulating fine Old World wines, to the experimental and unique, and it is the home to many of the world's most exciting and trailblazing wineries producing excellent bottles for the global market.
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