Rustic is the word that best describes the old vine Carignane that comes from the Saitone Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Broken Compass is an experience that explodes aromatically into a bright and intriguing wine that is great for robust foods. On the palate and in the glass there is cranberry with touches of raspberry and black cherry rolled into one with notes of bark and bramble.
Cranberry, raspberry, very spicy with bramble notes, very layered.
89 Pts Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate August 2016
"The 2013 Carignane Old Vine Broken Compass is 100% old vine Carignane coming from the Russian River, from a vineyard called Saitone. Thirty percent whole clusters were used for the wine, which was aged in neutral French oak for 16 months. Deep ruby/purple, this 100% old vine Carignane displays rustic, somewhat uncivilized underbrush, earth, raspberry and black cherry notes. There is plenty of tree bark and earth to this wine, which has terrific aromatics, but possibly slightly coarse flavors. It is certainly an interesting effort, but from my experience with Carignane, they get less interesting with age rather than more so."
Considered the oldest vineyard in the Pliner-Olivet area of Russian River Valley. Head trained 130 year old vines.
I love Carignane! I enjoy its rustic component and its brightness. It's a great blending grape, but when you are working with a vineyard over 100 years old from Russian River, you take the road less traveled and bottle it on its own. Cranberry, raspberry, and black cherry are the main focus of this wine as far as flavor components. This is wine that needs to be consumed with only the heartiest of fare.