A blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, & Grenache combine for seductive flavors of cherry and plum intermingled with secondary notes of black pepper and cooking spice.
The majority of the grapes for the 2017 vintage come from our vineyards in Contra Costa County. Grenache comes from three vineyards in Oakley, where grape clusters are meticulously thinned to concentrate the flavors in the fruit. Warm-grown Contra Costa Syrah provides rich berry character and good tannin structure. Mourvèdre vines are planted in sandy soil and are dry-farmed, providing luscious notes of chocolate and cherry.
Individual lots of grapes were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel with select cultured yeasts at controlled temperatures. Grapes were pressed at dryness, then settled for ten days and racked to 28% new French oak with a medium plus toast level for 8 months.