With a velvety red color, our Small Lot Counoise exhibits aromas of plum and strawberry. This wine has a nice round mid palate and flavors of strawberry and chocolate that last from start to finish.
Wine Color: Red
Varietals: 92.5% Counoise, 7.5% Petite Sirah
Appellation: 100% Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Residual Sugar: Dry
The Counoise was harvested from our Marina vineyard and the Petite Sirah from our Ruby Hill vineyard, both in the Livermore Valley. These grapes were ultra-farmed, handpicked into half-ton bins, and hand sorted in order to ensure premium quality. The grapes were gently crushed into stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily in order to maximize color and tannin extraction until primary fermentation was completed prior to moving into barrel.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tank, and pumped over twice daily.
Both the Counoise and Petite Sirah were aged in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak for 13 months.