A warm vintage provided ripe Merlot and Syrah with great concentration and dusty
tannins. The resulting wine is bursting with ripe black cherry and plum with notes of
caramel, coffee and smoke. A balance of plush fruit and powdery tannins in the midpalate
lead into a long lingering finish with notes of bing cherry and spice.
These grapes were double sorted first in the vineyard with the selective harvest on our
Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not
crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual
lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle
extraction of color and tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
chicken, duck, pork, beef, BBQ, vegetarian, lamb, salad, vegetables, pasta, cheese and chocolate
60% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon,
6% Sangiovese, 2% Grenache