Cases Produced: 110
Tasting Notes: This wine has power! The tannins are pronounced but balanced. Blackberry, violets, dried herb, coffee and mocha flavors and aromas are intoxicating. Structured with a mineral and granite-like texture, this is a wine that increases in complexity with age. Vibrant and ready to drink now; it can be aged for 8-10 years.
Vinification: Fermentation took place in small open top tanks and was punched down daily. After pressing, the wine was racked to French oak barrels and aged for 18 months before bottling.
Varietal: Grown on the boarder of France and Spain, in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, Tannat is the national grape of Uruguay. Its popularity is growing in the US but it’s still considered limited. We grow the Tannat grape at extreme heights, specifically 2800 feet on our Upper Ridge Vineyard in the Pine Mountain/Cloverdale Peak AVA. The secret to making a good Tannat is to tame the tannins; after all, Tanant is derived from the word tannin which is the compound in the thick skins and seeds of this grape that give the wine its complexity and mouthfeel. Too much tannin can cause the wine to be bitter and astringent.
Label Art By: Natalie Hardcastle, Albuquerque, New Mexico
97 Points & Best of Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 2018