Sweet ripe blackberry, black cherry, fruit cake spices, vanilla, cara-mel and floral notes flood the senses with a hint of citrus zest and cedar in the background. The ripe flavors are balanced nicely with tangy acidity and subdued tannins which keep this wine dense, fresh and easy to drink.
The cast of characters for our blend are gathered together from our Estate Vineyards’ high in the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains. The rich volcanic soils and high elevations of our Cavedale Road Vineyard impart power and dimension to our Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The main character of this ensemble is the Syrah, which is grown at a 2000 foot elevation in our Trinity Ranch block (known for loamy soil conditions). This gives our Syrah grapes a rich earthiness that balances the jazzy Cavedale Road fruit. The result is a joyous rhapsody that will ring harmoniously on the palate.
For optimum flavor, we delicately hand-harvested the grapes from low yielding vines in the cool early mornings. Wasting no time, the fruit was brought straight back to the winery to be destemmed, crushed and transferred immediately to stainless steel tanks. After periods of cold soaking and warm fermentation, this was followed by an extended maceration of four to six weeks. The wine was then pressed to 100% French oak barrels (composed of almost entirely used wood) and left to mature for 18 months before being selected for the Rosso blend.
Varieties: Syrah 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Aging: 18 months in almost all used French Oak