Wines

2019 Estate "Contemplations"

Tannat based blend

  • Varieties:
    44% Tannat
    33% Merlot
    23% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles - Templeton Gap District
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.3
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    14.2%
  • Acidity:
    0.67 g/100 ml
  • pH:
    3.49
  • Residual sugar:
    0.01g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    September 15, 2021
  • Cases produced:
    217
  • Retail Price:
    $ 32.00

Growing conditions:
Abundant winter rainfall starting in December lasted until April. Multiple small rain events led to all of the moisture soaking into the vineyard soil profile. No frost and a mild spring produced great fruit set. Judicious thinning coupled with a long warm summer led to an outstanding late harvest with excellent quality and yields.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into stainless fermentors. 24 hours later the must was inoculated with D80 yeast then pumped over daily for an average of 16 days prior to pressing. After completion of malolactic fermentaion, this proprietary blend was aged for 20 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
This tannat based blend provides a multi-varietal blend is intense and complex and rich. Hint of blueberries and cherries with dark chocolate. Flavors are deep and rich with assertive tannins, rich fruit and toasty oak with excellent aging potential.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable currently, this multidimensional tannat based blend will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 7-12 years in the bottle with best drinkability from 2025-2032.

Food selection:
This complex assertive wine will enhance a variety of beef dishes, venison, lamb shank as well as spicy dishes.