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he grapes for this vintage were handpicked and sorted for quality in the
vineyard. the fruit was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and bins.
the must was allowed to “cold soak” for two to four days to extract color and
flavor prior to the start of fermentation. the wine was then pumped-over or
punched-down up to four times a day over an eight to ten day period before
the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) to
complete malolactic fermentation. the final blend was chosen after numerous
tasting sessions, assembled in the cellar in the spring and aged an additional
year in barrels prior to bottling. While the grapes from Creston Valley Vineyard
contribute dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure and touches of
minerality, the Huerhuero fruit adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy
characteristics. together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure
and balance.
TASTING NOTES
Color: Deep garnet
Aroma: Black cherry pie with hints of caramel
Taste: Medium to full-bodied with notes of juicy dark fruit and meaty, chewy tannins
RECOMMENDATIONS
serve at: 62˚ – 65˚ F
Enjoy now through 2019
store in dark dry place at 55˚ – 65˚ F
Decant two hours prior to serving
Pairing suggestions: Lamb, braised short ribs, your favorite cut of beef, or even dark chocolate