Ravish Melange 2013
This is a wine that, once tasted, ravishes your senses, overwhelming with emotion and a feeling of delight.
Designed to be similar in style to some of the greatest Pomerol wines, Mélange [may-lon-ge] is a French term for a mixture where the composition can easily be identified.
The aroma begins with a pure Bordeaux nose but without the traditional French "barnyard", then on second sniff there it is - the promise of good things to come.
Incredibly soft in the mouth yet there it is again, that promise of powerful wine which could easily ravage your senses.
Sipping at first, you are encouraged to take a mouthful of its concentrated flavors. There you find the youth in this wine. Spicy cranberry and raspberry on the tongue, a touch of mineral in the center pallet and a finish of caramel coffee with just a hint of chocolate. All the right flavors are there,but they are muted by the youth of the wine.
Give this baby five years in the bottle and you will not want to share it but if you want to drink it now, just make sure you have something with it like As Monte cheese to help separate the flavors. - Enjoy, Bill - September 11, 2015
Case Production = 543
The 2013 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity. Rare as it was to have another fruitful year right after the record breaking 2012 crush, the quality across all varietals was also excellent.
The overall vigor of this growing season was high which required more canopy management and more vigilance with regard to pest abatement. The harvest began and finished early, the timing of crop maturity being dictated entirely by our canopy management practices and manually reduced crop load.
By addressing canopy management and green fruit harvesting early we were able to significantly reduce pest pressure and encourage early fruit ripening. The final wine quality in tank was excellent across the board for all varietals and appellations.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.