Entice Cuvee 2010
Our Sweepstakes Winning 2010 Entice Cuvée won DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS by unanimous judge's decision as the Best of Class Bordeaux Blend at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition.
A delightful, well-bred wine with a paradoxically enticing manner of managing strong peppery spices in foods drawing out the true essence of the primary food flavor.
As you approach this wine, its Cabernet Franc nose comes up at you from the glass with youthful aromas of spicy white pepper high tones surrounded by sweet vanilla and dark plum. On the palate a distinctly cherry-like sensation with wonderful textures, massive yet soft and luscious then a silky soft and dry finish.
From a texture perspective this comes across as a light red wine, not too intense but then you realize this is a very well crafted wine and highly drinkable now or able to laid down for eight to ten years.
The 2010 grape harvest was challenging with a wet spring followed by a late bud break and then a long, cool growing season that ended with a heat spike bringing the grapes to a quick maturity. As expected this gave us slightly lower sugars with higher acids and deep colors and flavors.
The season caused us a lot more time in the vineyard trimming fruit or pulling leaves to assure full fruit maturity and lower than normal yields. We ended up with remarkable quality of fruit throughout our range of vineyards which led to a more restrained, elegant style of wine.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.