Ravish Melange 2010
The next vintage to our GOLD MEDAL WINNER at the 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition, Mélange [ma-lan-ge] is a French term for a mixture where the composition can easily be identified.
This is a wine that, once tasted, ravishes your senses, overwhelming with emotion and a feeling of delight. Filled with wonder from this incredible soft yet powerful wine you are enchanted to take a mouthful of its concentrated flavors of spicy cranberry and raspberry. A touch of mineral in the center pallet and a finish of caramel coffee with just a hint of chocolate. C'est Magnifique!
Cases produced = 252. No allergens were used in the making of this wine.
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.