Entice Cuvee 2018
A delightful Bordeaux-style red wine, enticing good on its own but also pairs well with most meats and spicy food.
A grand wine comprising 70% fruit from the Napa mountain slopes of Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill and 30% from the Sonoma valleys of Chalk Hill and Dry Creek bringing together a complexity of flavors worthy of savoring.
With a complex and inviting aroma of dark fruit, Entice is a rich wine, endowed with an elegant palate. Ample energy from dark, fresh fruit but still juicy, with the illusion of something a little sweet but in just a moment you understand the wine is not sweet at all but totally dry and full of flavor with structuring tannins that present a lovely finish of fruit and spices.
With 1,200 cases produced everyone can have a taste. No allergens were used in the making of this wine.
The 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.
Matured in French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.