Get a sense for the individual wines that went into our limited 2014 Red Wine Blend + FREE SHIPPING with this three pack!I selected my favorite barrel of both Merlot and Cab Franc and aged them separately for a year in once-used French Oak barrels before blending them together using 55% Merlot and 45% Cab Franc. I loved the combination of flavors, but the acidity and signifiant tannin in my young blend needed more time to come together. Two more years, in fact.
The Cabernet Franc is from the Algeria Vineyard on the Eastern Bench of the Russian River Valley, where the alluvial soils combined with the warm days and cool nights allow for slow, even ripening of the grapes and a beautiful, balanced wine.
The Merlot comes from the Coplan Vineyard on the Sonoma side of the Los Carneros AVA, where the clay soils and maritime influence of the San Pablo Bay create growing conditions similar to the Right Bank of Bordeaux...in California!
A Personal Note from the Winemaker about the 2014 Red Wine Blend
After the 2014 harvest, it occurred to me that for the first time, I had produced both Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was inspired to create my first red wine blend as an homage to (one of my favorite wine styles) the classic Right Bank Bordeaux wine made using these same grape varietals.
But that wasn't enough...
It's with great pleasure to announce that this one-time only, red wax-capped, Sonoma County Red Wine Blend is now available for purchase while supplies last. This is a wine that I plan on drinking for a VERY long time. It's great now with food, but I would recommend getting a few bottles and aging them for several years, opening one occasionally to see how it's aging.
We finally bottled the two barrels of this wine (unfined and unfiltered) in early August 2017 yielding 43 cases plus 12 bottles of 1.5L magnums and let it sit for months and months and months before we finally decided a few weeks ago that the wine is, at long last, ready to be released.