Arouse Melange 2017
Arouse is a Mélange or blended wine designed to push the flavors of Bordeaux to the limit with a distinctly Bill twist.
The goal with Arouse is to use the Bordeaux blenders in a blend that is not traditionally Bordeaux and come up with a unique American blend that is actually flavorful, delicious and works with typical foods of America.
The instantly recognizable bold color and huge nose is a forewarning of something very good to come. While the blend is dominated by (57%) mountain and (28%) valley fruit from our Sonoma vineyards, one taste and the (15%) Napa mountain fruit shows rich and full in the mouth with a solid finish.
Arouse Mélange 2017 has a remarkable tannic structure that is at once powerful and smooth. Its (63%) Cabernet Sauvignon gives it an exceptionally long finish. The (28%) Merlot largely contributes to its soft, fruity aromatic expression. This wine also contains (5%) Malbec to provide its juicy presence on the palate and (4%) Petit Verdot to help with the silky, fine-grained tannin structure. Nothing like a traditional Bordeaux blend but nevertheless - Yummy!
Only 600 cases produced so when it's gone, it's gone! No allergens or animal products were used in the making of this wine.
The 2017 growing season started off with record rainfalls that pushed the growing season into a later start, then a wide variety of weather conditions kept us busy. Late fog, windy days and unusual heat spikes all made for an eclectic mix of conditions. Then in September, extreme heat made its way into Sonoma County kick-starting harvest.
At the end of the day however, the 2017 wines are fantastic with excellent color, aromatics and flavors producing outstanding varietal quality for our entire 2017 vintage.
Matured in French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.