Vineyard Notes: 2019 was a challenging growing season. Above average rainfall persisted throughout the spring with the last rainfall occurring May 31st. These conditions kept the spring free of frost threats but relatively cool, leading to slow vine growth. The cooler weather also delayed fruit development. The summer months were somewhat erratic with short heat waves followed by cooler periods. Ultimately, the cooler weather persisted with only a few autumn heat spikes, leading to slower berry maturities and a later harvest. Mid-late October brought overnight freezes which required some harvest mitigation, but by early November harvest was complete.
Winemkaer Notes: Grenache from the Tablas Creek Vineyard Selection (Beaucastel CDP France via Paso Robles) and Garnacha clone 814 (Spain), Syrah clones 383 (Hermitage, France), 470 (Garonne, France), and Caldwell, and Mourvèdre cllone 369 (Spain via France) were hand-picked and fermented in five-ton, open-top tanks separated by varietal and vineyard block. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were barreled down into 75% once used and 25% twice used French oak barrels where they aged for 12 months. After creation of the blend, the wine aged for an additional two months and before being racked just prior to bottling in January of 2021.