A true "Joy of Life", this full-bodied red blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah is big in style with a smooth, pleasing structure. With a dark ruby color and aromas of blackberry, plum, all spice, and smoky oak associated with flavors of black cherry, chocolate, and cassis this blend can be consumed presently, but will continue to improve over the next five to eight years.
Gold Medal- 2010 Indy International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2011 Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2010 American Wine Society Competition
This red blend is made up of Mountain Grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain (Corbett Vineyards) and Mayacama Areas (Monte Rosso Vineyards), as well as Dry Farmed Merlot from the northern part of the Napa Valley around Calistoga (Solari Vineyards), and Clonally Selected Syrah from Yountville (Page-Nord Vineyard). The mountain grown cabernet provides the structure for the blend being farmed on very shallow soils, producing low cluster counts and small berries. The dry farmed merlot adds a balanced softness to the finish, as well as, a nice fruit core. Besides adding a nice bit of color, the syrah contributes a unique spiciness to the overall blend.
The grapes for this blend were picked between 25.0 and 25.8° brix, destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters, and pumped over twice daily. Following fermentation, pressing, and settling the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and racked to barrels. It was bottled without fining or filtration.
Enjoy now through 2020 with proper cellaring
Food Pairing Notes
This wine will please any palate on its own or pair well with a variety of food dishes (roasted lamb, braised short ribs, any savory cheese).
247 cases produced