VINTAGE NOTES: Following a warmer than normal winter, the 2015 growing season got off to a fast start with early budbreak and proceeded under near ideal balmy conditions whose only blemish was a short rainstorm in mid-September to finish with record heat accumulation. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, yielding Mourvedre and Grenache fruit that was perfectly ripe and loaded with delicious flavor. Harvest occurred two days: September 14 for Grenache and September 21 for Mourvèdre. Crop size was very low.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes were gently destemmed 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, 14% Grenache and 76% Mourvèdre were combined for the final blend, which was gently filtered and bottled August 5, 2016.
TASTING NOTES: First impression of this wine is a complex, bright aroma of cola, cherry, pomegranate and strawberry jam. On the palate, the wine is firm yet supple with black pepper, cranberry sauce and espresso bean notes that provide perfect balance and breadth to the lively acidity.
AWARDS: Silver Medal, Harvest Challenge 2017; Bronze Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.