This blend is our homage to Super Tuscan wines. With a solid core of blackberry, plum, a touch of cranberry and boysenberry along with overtones of dried herbs, green olive, and cedar this wine has wonderful complexity and elegance.
The 2019 growing season was amazing. We had normal budburst and a mild to warm summer. A decent crop was on the vines, and we barely had the ideal conditions for a great harvest. Our fruit comes from our Estate Carneros Ranch at the bottom of Sonoma Valley on an East facing slope on the western side of Carneros. Great for early morning sunshine and controlling disease pressure although we lose the sun a little early in the afternoon meaning long hang-time and great flavor development. In this blend we have 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese and 7% Malbec with a touch of Petite Verdot to round it out. A true Super Tuscan blend consisting of the 5 Bordeaux varieties along with Sangiovese, the king of Tuscany. Picked throughout October, each variety at the peak of ripeness to showcase the stunning climate and site in Carneros.
Picked at 24.7brix at first light we bring it to the winery and destemmed and must pumped together to a closed top tank to extract all of the flavor and tannin from the wine. It was allowed to begin fermentation naturally and was pumped over three times a day at the beginning of ferment before being reduced to once a day to allow the wine to evolve on skins. It spent 16 days on skins before being pressed and transferred to barrels. It spent 2 years in barrels with 50% French M+ and HT oak to slowly age and soften in barrel before bottling.