Wines

2016 Estate Tannat

  • Varieties:
    100% Tannat
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles -Templeton Gap
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.4
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    14.1%
  • Acidity:
    0.68g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.51
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 14, 2018
  • Cases produced:
    98
  • Retail Price:
    $ 30.00

Growing conditions:
Winter rainfall improved but 2016 featured another early budbreak and horrific frost in late March with whites and early reds losing significant crop resulting in an early smaller harvest with excellent quality due to the miniscule crop from on-going drought and frost.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless steel fermentor. 48 hours later, the must was inoculated with FX-10 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 12 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this tannat was aged for 20 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Contains a delightful aroma profile best described as spicy, finished with ripe red fruit and floral highlights. Fresh ground white pepper and crushed fresh thyme predominate with lush red fruit notes in the background. this wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of rich tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this intense Tannat will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 5-10 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2022-2028.

Food selection:
Best match for rare beef and most spicy dishes! Rich, red, sauces, Cajun, and elegant pizzas and pasta dishes of all types are enhanced with this concentrated Tannat.