This wine exhibits wonderful red cherry and toasted oak aromas. With flavors of red cherry, plum and chocolate, this fruit forward wine has nicely rounded tannins and a vanilla oak finish.
Wine Color: Red
Varietals: 70% Counoise, 30% Syrah
Appellation: 100% Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Residual Sugar: Dry
The Counoise was harvested from our Marina vineyard, and the Syrah from our Silva and Hayes vineyards 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.
After being handpicked, the grapes completed primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
The Counoise was aged in neutral oak for 13 months. The Syrah was aged in French, Eastern European and American oak for 14 months.