2007 “5 Barrel”
Vineyard: All three varietals in this blend (Syrah, Grenache & Tempranillo) come from a small vineyard in Lodi.
Vintage: The year started off with heavy long winter and spring rains, impeding bud break a couple weeks. Once the sunny weather began the abundant water in the ground led to vigorous growth. A relatively cool late summer and early fall slowed ripening.
Composition: 42% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 25% Tempranillo
Vinification: Each varietal was hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1-ton open bins where they underwent primary fermentation. Each bin was punched down by hand at least 2 times a day. The wine was aged in a mixture of neutral French and American oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was blended aged another year in barrel.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark cherry and blackberries with hints of chocolate, licorice and thyme as well as some overtones of earth and woodsiness. Garnet in color with medium body. Cherry flavors of Grenache shine through and balance with the darker berry fruits of the Syrah and the herbs and earthy overtones of the Tempranillo . Bright acidity along with a round mouth feel and lingering finish complete this nicely balanced wine. Pairs nicely with Mediterranean style dishes such as lamb, chicken and pork seasoned with the spices of the south of France, Spain and Morocco.