Enchant Trinity 2018
Enchant TRINITY is a deeply delicious wine blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre in the style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, an appellation in the southern Rhône wine region which produces blended wines with rich fruit flavors, intense floral aromas together with hints of herbs and spices.
A good Châteauneuf-du-Pape is first and foremost a wine-lover's wine for which it has become famous; first in France, then in Australia where it is called a GSM and finally in the USA courtesy of wine critic Robert Parker through his praise for these wines.
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Beautiful ruby hue in the glass. Deep enchanting aroma showing dark berry fruit.
In the mouth, good weight, lots of fruit but elegant and complex with perfect soft tannin. The purity of fruit is otherworldly and the textures are extraordinarily silky, elegant and sensuous.
This is a great lunchtime wine, ready to drink now but will be fine in the cellar for seven to ten years.
Only 550 cases produced. No allergens or animal products were used in the making of this wine.
The sandy terroir or our Dry Creek Valley floor is naturally cool, because of the large amount of clay in the soils which also helps retain moisture, giving the terroir a lot of humidity, that aids in keeping the vineyard temperature cool.
Those challenging soils are a big part of what goes into the singular character found in their wines. Another important factor is the large pine and oak trees surrounding the vineyard which clearly provide a unique micro-climate, making it some of the coolest terroir in Dry Creek Valley. The vines are also planted to a northern exposure, helping to add slightly cooler temperatures to the terroir.
The surrounding trees automatically cools the soil and insure naturally low yields and later harvest times so the unique, cooler micro-climate allows us to pick the grapes at the peak levels of ripeness, while also obtaining relatively low alcohol levels, freshness, purity of fruit and and an elegant, silky style.
ClimateThe 2018 season was seamless with heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set.
Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions as the fruit developed flavor complexity, approaching maturity with gradual increases in sugar levels, reaching optimal balance of brix and pH levels at harvest.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.