Wine Maker Notes
Famous for its idyllic climate, California has the perfect weather for growing juicy, fruit-forward grapes. Under an expansive sky of brilliant sunshine, grapes develop rich, succulent flavors. The day’s heat, however, is almost always dry and never lasts long, cooled in the evenings by the influence of nearby waterways. This allows the grapes to ripen slowly and linger on the vine well into the fall for rich, well-balanced flavors.With our red blend, we wanted to create a juicy wine with a pleasing sweetness and balanced brightness. To do this, we tasted through a selection of varietals and chose those that gave a good amount of red-fruit character. We found the Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot and Grenache to be our plush, front-loaded fruit-bearers, while the Tempranillo added bright acids and structure. Oak aging, with predominately French oak, gave sweet vanilla and baking-spice notes that highlight the blend perfectly.