Dark juicy plum aromatics hit first. Followed by some exotic bright fruit and spicy aromas. The flavors mirror the plum aromas and add some raspberry characters. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just enough tannin to fill out the dark fruit finish.
Varietals- 82% Carignane, 18% Syrah
Vineyards- The Dalton Ranch & Roland Rosario Vineyard
Aging/Cooperage- 20 months in
Production- The Carignane grapes were picked very early in the morning, destemmed and most of the berries were left uncrushed in bins to ‘cold-soak’ for two days before fermentation. They fermented in small bins for ten days. We generally press these types of fruit-forward lots just before completion of primary fermentation. The fresh wine was then racked via gravity into small oak casks for completion of fermentation and the duration of a secondary fermentation. After about a month, the wine was racked out of barrels off of the lees, blended with Syrah and then put back into barrel for an extended aging period. After 20 months the wine was removed from barrel and bottled with minimal filtration and no fining.