Beginning with Ray Teldeschi’s Dry Creek Valley ranch and Greywacke Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, our 2010 Kalen’s includes 12.5% Las Madres Carneros syrah and another 12.5% Steiner syrah from the Bennett Valley side of Sonoma Mountain. These diverse and distinct components join together to create a wonderfully complete and simply delicious Big Boy Blend. Like Big Boys of yore, this incredibly dark wine leads with a complex nose of blackberry, black cherry, earth and peppery spice, complemented by hints of graphite, black licorice and vanilla. Expressive flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and black plum start the palate off, leading to notes of cinnamon, smoked meat, tobacco and baking spices to round out the finish. Rich and full, yet balanced, with a complexity and structure that harken back to the ‘06 vintage. We expect the wine to open up nicely by mid-to-late 2013 and drink wonderfully for years to come.