Our estate vineyard lies in the western hillsides above the upper reach of the Dry Creek Valley. Benchland soils (=depth and fullness) and mountain-top soils (=complexity and structure), combine with vigor-limiting rootstock and limited irrigation to yield intense fruit flavors from smaller berries. This well-structured red wine blend highlights the quality of flavors from our estate.
Vin de Coteaux, our "wine of the hillsides," is a richly textured blend made from the distinctively flavorful red grapes grown on the hillside blocks of our estate vineyard.
Moderate temperatures with no appreciable rainfall throughout the ripening season allowed the grapes to fully develop exceptionally concentrated flavors.
The grapes were crushed into small fermenters. After cold-soaking for three days to extract rich color, the must fermented on the skins for three weeks to obtain a richly extracted wine. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (10% new).
Production: 228 cases
Color: Deep ruby
Aromas: Cherry, Santa Rosa plum, black currant, with floral and spice notes
Palate: Cherry and plum flavors, rich mouthfeel and well-structured tannins.
Wine Type: Estate Red
Varietal: 39% Merlot, 29% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot , 5% Malbec , 1%Syrah
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Estate
Acid: 0.61 g/100ml
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