rare grape is called a teinturier, meaning that both the grape skins and
flesh are red, which make this wine both full bodied and very intense
in color (also very high in antioxidants!). The wine was aged in 20% new
French Oak, 20% three-times used American oak, and 60% neutral French
Oak barrels, which lend its sweet, smokey aromas, roasted fennel, and
black fruit characteristics. The thick skins and early harvesting give
this wine amazing structure of both tannin and acid.Pair with spiced and herb-heavy dishes, such as roasted meats and vegetables.
2012 was an
outstanding vintage for Pinot in Northern California and this wine will
show why. Anderson Valley is known for it’s wild Penny Royal plants,
giving this wine early notes of eucalyptus, mint, which have recently
began to integrate as cedar wood notes with the five years of aging.
Dark cherries, vanilla, and subtle baking spices are followed by a light
and smooth finish.Pair with duck breast and a balsamic cherry reduction sauce, and mushroom risotto.WinemakingGrapes were destemmed whole
berry and cold soaked for four days.
After an eight-day fermentation with twice daily punchdowns, the grapes
were pressed off and the juice was barreled into two neutral, one once filled,
and one twice filled French Oak barrels where they aged for 16 months.
NOTE: This is a 1.5L magnum bottle (only 12 bottles produced!). Go big with our first MAGNUM bottle and be everyone's favorite person at your next party or dinner with friends."THE RESILIENT BLOCK"On a small, private estate vineyard surrounded by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, lies a sleepy one acre block of Zinfandel planted in the 1970's. Throughout all of the years and winemaking trends, this resilient bunch of old vines has managed to survive.In their honor, we wanted to make a Zinfandel reminiscent of early California winemaking, harvesting at lower sugar levels, fermenting whole berry, and aging in 100% neutral French Oak barrels.The result is a light, feminine-style Zinfandel that showcases a distinctive minerality and aromas of fresh-picked wild berries that pair beautifully with grilled meats and vegetables.Wines Less Traveled...