"Coteaux Sauvages", wild hills, is what we call this wine that is packed with concentrated flavors that was produced from grapes grown in the red soil at the uppermost edges of our estate. A taut, tense and intense blend of 67% Syrah, 22% Zinfandel and 11% Petite Sirah, the combination of these varieties works well here, offering a mix of cranberry, blackberry and plum, with a layering of dried herb and game.
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.
Harvest: Average brix: 27.4
Vintage: Moderate temperatures with no appreciable rainfall throughout the ripening season allowed the grapes to fully develop exceptionally concentrated flavors.
Fermentation: 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.
Cooperage / Aging: The wine was aged for 22 months in tight-grained French oak barrels (50% new).
Production: 205 Cases
Color: Dark ruby
Aromas: Rich aromas of plum and blackberry, notes of dark chocolate and spice
Palate: Dense layers of dark plum and blackberry, full structure, rich mouthfeel, long finish
Wine Type: Red Wine Blend
Varietal: 67% Syrah, 22% Zinfandel , 11% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Acid: 0.59 g/100ml
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