'Wavelength', Syrah/Cabernet Franc/Petite Verdot, Stagecoach Vineyard, Atlas Peak

“When I'm down you always comfort me. When I'm lonely you see about me, you are everywhere you're supposed to be, and I can get your station, when I need rejuvenation.” Van Morrison, 'Wavelength'.

WAVELENGTH is an ambitious mixture of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot – only two of which are legal to blend together in Bordeaux. There, Syrah is banned, it being only suited to the Rhone. Well, the authorities are wrong. WAVELENGTH shows that the grape varieties meld beautifully to make a cracking wine.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2013

James Suckling

93 POINTS

"A rich yet subtle red with spice, meat and dark berry aromas and flavors. Full body, soft tannins and a clean finish. A stylish blend of syrah, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Drink now."

 

2010

Robert Parker

95 POINTS

"The 2010 Wavelength Proprietary Red is an intriguing blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Franc. Its saturated purple color is followed by aromas of flowers, blueberries, blackberries, forest floor and spice.

The wine hits the mouth with medium to full body, glorious fruit, sensational purity, wonderful texture and length, and a finish that lasts 40-45 seconds. Usually blending Cabernet Franc and Syrah together would not be a high priority on most winemaker’s agenda, but Maltus marches to the beat of a different drummer and clearly has something special on his hands. This is a brilliant Syrah that should evolve for at least a decade.”

2009

Stephen Tanzer's Int. Wine Cellar

POINTS 90

"Deep, bright red-ruby. Cassis, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose and palate. Sweet, pliant and nicely concentrated, but with its creamy texture balanced by ripe acidity. Rather bound-up on the back end, finishing with firm tannins and a slightly dry herbal element. Like the Against the Wine cabernet franc, this needs some time in bottle to gain in pliancy.”

California Connoisseurs Guide

91 POINTS

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, 65% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Franc.

"There is a lot going on in the very intense and highly extracted aromas of this complex union of Syrah and Cabernet, and the same rich mix of blackberries, cassis, tobacco, toast and sweet oak is replayed in its moderatly deep, if still youthfully tight, flavors. There is no question but that the wine is one of substance and strength, but it is also a somewhat sinewy one, and, while its rather abrasive young tannins are a bit hard to take now, great things lie ahead for those willing to hold off for another six to eight years.”

2008

Roy Pipper posted on eRobertParker

93 POINTS

Sourced from southern Napa in the foothills, this is half Cab Franc, half Syrah. Easily, hands down the best Syrah/Bordeaux varietal blend I can remember. Sexy, smooth, medium-full body, with red fruits and spice kick. Can drink now and over the next 7-8 years, imo. 350 cases made, about 60 available. Don't knock the Syrah part, it seems to work really well with the Franc!”

Doug Wilder posted on wildernapavalley.com (1)

91 POINTS

A: "Savory, animale, with hints of mocha, blue fruits - shows drying grain and blossoms with airing. P: Somewhat lean at first but forms a well-defined theme of resonant fruit and mocha on the finish."

I: "Well meshed black and red fruits show more with air yield a nice, velvet-like texture.”

Decanter Magazine

FOUR STARS

"Lush plummy nose. Very rich, suave and textured, without being too heavy or extracted. Quite good acidity and length." – Stephen Brook

Jeff Leve posted on thewinecellarinsider.com

92 POINTS

"Produced from 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Franc from the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, the wine displays cassis, fresh herbs, ground black pepper and coffee notes. Soft and elegant in style, ripe, but not over the top, the wine finishes with blackberry liqueur sensations and ample freshness. 14.6% Alcohol.”

Frank Melis Wines

“With only 350 cases produced this “different” blend has turned lots of heads already.   On the nose this wine offers touches of raspberry and flowery aromatics.  On impact you’ll encounter delicate touches of toasty vanilla, ripe sweet berry fruit and more raspberry and a touch of chocolate.  This well-balanced wine offers great depth, tons of flavor both on the mid palate and well into the long finish, which offers nicely balanced almost silky tannins.”

K&L Wines

“Jonathan Maltus, owner of Chateau Teyssier in St-Emilion (one Bordeaux's first "garagistes" decades ago) is making his foray into California wine with the newly-released World's End label. The Wavelenth is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Franc from the Sugarloaf Mountain in the Napa Valley foothills. What a savory, meaty blend! This wine has the blue and red fruit that both grapes can express, with lots of spice, fresh brewed coffee and a meaty, peppery character. Well-integrated tannins, and a fresh, ripe palate show that while Maltus may be on his own wavelength with this blend, it's one we'll be pleased to join him on. ”

Dean & Deluca

“While one of the newer California wineries, World's End's winemaker Jonathan Maltus is no stranger to the art of making great wine. He's most known for his efforts at Bordeaux's Chateau Teyssier and now he's here, in the Napa Valley, showing us what he can do. The '08 Wavelength is a blend of Syrah and Cab Franc and provides a smooth texture with notes of big, deep red fruit and a touch of spice thanks to the Syrah.It’s one of the most compelling blends I’ve tasted in awhile. 355 cases produced. - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director”

Stephen Tanzer's Int. Wine Cellar

POINTS 90

"(A 50/50 blend of syrah and cabernet franc from a cool site):  Good full medium ruby.  Very reticent nose hints at blueberry, kirsch, licorice and violet, plus a whiff of smoked meat.  Dense but pliant, even if the black fruit flavors are a bit youthfully stunted.  Very ripe and broad but the tannins are a bit dusty and dry.  Today this doesn't yet come alive, but it would appear to have all the elements to make a very good bottle. ”

Wine & Spirits Magazine

POINTS 92

"Jonathan Maltus of Château Teyssier in St-Emilion is releasing the first vintage of his new project in Napa Valley, World's End. This blend, half cabernet franc and half syrah, is more than a clever midpoint between his home base and his ex-Australian project. Grown in the cool hills southeast of the city of Napa, there's a fragrant logic to this wine that makes the blend compelling. It's fresh and bright, the purple richness of syrah checked by the edgier details of cabernet franc's tannin. That tannin seems to open up the flavors of the wine, bringing out mineral notes and red tones in the fruit. Firm and complete, this blends tension and richness together in a delicious red for steak frites.”

Tomas Clancy, The Sunday Business Post

POINTS 93

"This wine is named after Van Morrison's epic track and album of the same name - and it is gloriously complex, weaving 50 per cent Syrah and 50 per cent Cabernet Franc, and a superb, blockbuster-style wine."

VINEYARD

The Atlas Peak region of Stagecoach Vineyards is dominated by the typical red volcanic soils, but what makes the area unique is its enormous quantities of flat rock, which provide exceptional drainage to the hillside blocks. This delivers freshness and great acidity – the backbone of any great wine.

TECHNICAL

Vinification is very similar to those wines that are made in France. After running through two sets of sorting tables – firstly by bunch and then, after the de-stemmer, grape by grape, with a long cold soak before fermentation occurs. Wooden vats brought over to California from Cognac, allow a more seamless take-on of wood. The wines undergo their malolactic fermentation in new French oak, and are aged in the same oak for up to two years.

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

WAVELENGTH’s claim to fame lies in its unusual blend - Syrah (40%), Cabernet Franc (30%), and Petit Verdot (30%). It is unlike any other wine that we, or any other people, make – that we know about. But, as Robert Parker mentioned, “Maltus marches to the beat of a different drummer”.

WHAT THEY SAY

95 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE

"The 2010 Wavelength Proprietary Red is an intriguing blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Franc. Its saturated purple color is followed by aromas of flowers, blueberries, blackberries, forest floor and spice. The wine hits the mouth with medium to full body, glorious fruit, sensational purity, wonderful texture and length, and a finish that lasts 40-45 seconds. Usually blending Cabernet Franc and Syrah together would not be a high priority on most winemaker's agenda, but Maltus marches to the beat of a different drummer and clearly has something special on his hands. This is a brilliant Syrah that should evolve for at least a decade."