VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with average rainfall, the 2016 growing season got off to a fast start with the very early budbreak and proceeded without incident—no frost or significant rain—under ideal balmy conditions to finish with near record heat accumulation. Flowering occurred under good weather conditions which resulted in an average sized crop. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, yielding Mourvèdre and Grenache fruit that was perfectly ripe and loaded with delicious flavor. Harvest occurred two days: September 9 for Grenache and October 1 for Mourvèdre.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Two thirds of the grapes were gently destemmed and one third went as whole clusters into small, chilled fermenters and held for three days of cold soak before start of fermentation. As the tanks warmed, fermentation commenced and lasted seven days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing, the young wines went straight to stainless steel tanks for aging. After one racking, 46% Grenache and 54% Mourvèdre were combined for the final blend, which was gently filtered and bottled August 26, 2017.
TASTING NOTES: Perfect, beautiful ruby hue. First impression in the aroma of this wine is complex array of warm cinnamon, dark currant, and cherry liqueur. The whole clusters add lively brightness to the aroma. Spice drives the palate flavors on top of cocoa and pomegranate. With firm structure of grainy tannin, this wine has a long life ahead in the bottle.
AWARDS: Silver Medal, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Bronze Medal, 2018 Harvest Challenge; Silver Medal, 7th Annual Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge