Opening with lifted aromas of marionberry, black raspberry and star anise, this wine immediately seduces the palate with an abundance of sweet cherry, raspberry and pomegranate flavors. Racy acidity balances the round, generous fruit for an elegant and alluring wine.
Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. The San Luis Obispo County grapes provide a base of dense, black fruit and spice notes, due to rich soils and a long growing season. Santa Barbara County, with its marine soils and warmer climate, adds bright,
lifted red cranberry and strawberry. The small amount of Sonoma County fruit adds an intriguing
counterpoint of varietal earthy undertones.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes for this wine were gently harvested and sorted by hand in late September into early October. Fermentation was done in stainless steel open-top tanks using both native and select yeasts over 10 to 20 days, with some post-fermentation maceration. The wine was transferred to 1 and 2-year old French oak barrels to age for 10 months before being bottled.