VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with exceptionally high rainfall, the 2017 growing season got off to slow start with some April rain. Almost ideal weather in May during flowering resulted in an about average crop. Harvest was smooth with average timing, marred only by a heat spike in mid-September. The growing season finished with devastating fires in our area, fortunately well after our grapes were picked. Overall heat accumulation was above average.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Two thirds of the grapes were gently destemmed and one third went as whole clusters into a single, chilled fermenter and held for three days of cold soak before start of fermentation. 23% Grenache, 51% Mourvèdre and 26% Cinsaut comprised the blend. As the tank warmed, fermentation commenced and lasted seven days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing, the young wine went straight to a stainless steel tank for aging. After one racking, the blend was gently filtered and bottled June 19, 2018.
TASTING NOTES: Perfect, slightly translucent ruby hue. First impression in the aroma of this wine is purity of Bing cherry followed by a complex array of loam and leather notes. The whole clusters add lively perkiness to the aroma. Red cherry and pomegranate drive the energetic palate. With plush structure of gentle tannin, this wine has a long life ahead in the bottle.
AWARDS: Silver Medal, 2020 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition