Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
90 points, Wine Enthusiast
90 points, Wine Advocate
Elusive melds Quivira’s estate-grown Rhône varieties to forge a GSM displaying impeccable balance, complexity, and finesse on the palate. The climate of our home vineyard, Wine Creek Ranch, perfectly mirrors the Southern Rhône. Elusive is inspired by expressive red blends like Chateaneuf-du-Pape while also showcasing the intensity and verve noteworthy of California Rhônes. Our Rhône varieties: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre: are grown only a couple hundred yards apart from one another, nurturing a distinct synergy. Quivira’s blending expertise is on full display with this GSM; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
At Quivira Vineyards, blending is a signature practice because we believe it is the most natural and gentle way to bring balance to a wine. It provides the most complexity with the lowest manipulation. Blending begins in the vineyard where selective blocks of Quivira’s Rhône reds are surgically picked at the right time. Grenache, the dominant component in 2014 Elusive, contributes high-toned red fruits and fragrance while simultaneously bringing finesse and structure. Spice and mid-palate density comes from the Syrah, which is also responsible for the wine’s beautiful hue. Mourvèdre brings everything together, offering more subtle dark fruit notes as well as structure and texture.
The grip and plumpness in the mid-palate is what sets 2014 Elusive apart. The mid-palate is dense and flavorful, echoing the dark fruit aromas. Black raspberry and plum accented by subtle notes of olive, cedar, and anise lead the rich entry. Elusive exudes the depth of its European counterparts. As the wine further opens up, further notes of graphite, earth, and forest floor tantalize.
Made with Organically Grown Grapes
Composition: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre
Alc 14.8% | pH 3.49 | TA 0.61