Coteaux Sauvages 2016 Dry Creek Valley
From the "Wild Hills" of our estate, the wine expresses the concentrated "sauvage" flavors from grapes grown in the red soil at the uppermost edges of the vineyards. Dense layers of dark plum and blackberry on the palate, with notes of dark chocolate and spice. A special blend of 56% Syrah, 32% Zinfandel, and 12% Petite Sirah.
Dry Creek Valley
9/13 & 10/3/2016
Average brix: 27.3
Aged for 22 months in tight-grained French oak barrels (40% new).
The grapes were crushed into small fermenters. After cold-soaking for three days to extract deep color, the must fermented on the skins for three weeks to obtain a richly extracted wine.
This Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah blend has rich aromas and dense flavors of dark plum and blackberry with notes of dark chocolate and spice, full structure, a rich mouthfeel, and long finish
This "Coteaux Sauvages" expresses the concentrated "sauvage" flavors that are produced from grapes grown in the red soil at the uppermost edges of our estate. The Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah are all from hillside blocks where the light soils allow the vines to make grapes of distinctive concentration.
Food Pairing Notes
Big and powerful, this would most wisely be enjoyed with food such as cassoulet, beef stew, french onion soup, braised beef shortribs or Moraccan Lamb barbeque.