2017 Rogue Valley Red Blend
"Dark purple and ruby in the center of the glass with blood red and pink hues. The wine is dense and opaque and seems to be quite extracted. On the nose, flavors of dried dark plums, boysenberry, blueberry and cassis lead to secondary components of dried herbs, olives, game and dried flowers. There is a minimal oak impact on the nose, but certainly a touch of cinnamon and spice that suggests some time in barrel. In the mouth, the wine is silky and round, full with flavor and offers plenty of generous fruit that lingers on and on. The nose suggests more black fruit, but on the palate there is a pleasant uplift of wild red fruits and even some blueberry. This red blend has a pleasant balance of tannin, acidity and fruit richness. There is plenty of power and depth, but the wine finishes with herbs, flowers and a touch of oak spice. This would be a great alternative to some of the boring and terribly overripe and over-oaked wines in this category. Fun, playful and quite delicious." - Brett Zimmerman, Master Sommelier
170 cases produced.
63% Malbec, 26% Tinta Cao, 7% Cabernet Franc & 4% Tempranillo
The fruit was 100% destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries to 1.5 ton fermenters. Eight to ten day cold soaks ensured gentle yet thorough extraction of color and flavor. The small lots were fermented for an average of eight days and hand punched two to three times daily. The wine was aged twenty months in mixed French cooperage two years old before being blended and bottled. This wine was minimally processed from 100% free run juice without filtration.