Style
Red
Type

Still

Winemaker

Sam Smith

Appellation

Monterey

Varieties

Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo

Viticulture

The grapes are sourced from vineyards around Monterey County, from vines that are 20 years old on average. The grapes are hand harvested each season, with 3.5 tons/acre harvested on average.

Soil

The soil is comprised of sandy & shaly loam.

Vinification

At the winery, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed to start the fermentation. A mix of 50% selected yeast and 50% ambient yeast is used during fermentation, which lasts 8 days. Throughout this time the wine is maintained in small, open-top tanks with regular punch downs that are performed by hand. Total Sulfite count is 20 mg/L. There is minimal filtration and no fining prior to aging.

Aging

The wine is aged for 10 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, and an additional 4-10 months in bottle prior to release.

Features

Screw cap

Shelf Talkers

Tech Sheets

Tasting Note

A rich ruby red color, highlighted with purple edges. Raspberry jam, cedar, and fig paste aromas jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-bodied with soft tannins, offering a mouthful of brableberry and black cherry.

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