Deep garnet in color owing to the strong Syrah influence in this wine. Aromas of brown sugar, sweet tobacco, dried cherries, strawberries, clove and hints of chocolate. Subtle pepper spiciness is also present – one of the characteristics we love so much about Syrah! Subtle cherry sweetness on the palate balances the tannic structure of this young wine, with full body on the mid palate, making it a great pairing with rich winter dishes.
Beef stew. Hard, aged cheeses. Lamb. Smoked duck or confit. Cheese and charcuterie spreads for casual meals or grazing.
We produced this wine as a cofermented Rhône style field blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre. We picked all three grape varieties at the same time, at various levels of ripeness for greater complexity. The syrah was perfectly ripe while the Petite Sirah was overripe, creating the subtle sweet mouthfeel of the finished wine. The Mourvèdre was slightly underripe, lending the acidity level we were looking for to balance the wine.
Aged in 100% new French and American heavy toast oak for 18 months.
Silver Medal, Foothill Wine Fest