Each year, winemaker Christophe Paubert finds an amusing surprise - varietals or vineyards that exceed expectation. The 2013 vintage was ideal to create a classic southern rhone-style assemblage.
This Rhône-styled blend is aromatically beautiful in pomegranate, strawberry and fresh rose. The palate is juicy and mouth coating, rich in black cherry, plum and mocha yet lifted by lively acidity and noteworthy streaks of white pepper and clove. While dense and age-worthy, it remains vibrant and balanced now and would make a wonderful companion to hearty foods.
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the majority of the blend comes from the Frediani Vineyard, located in Calistoga. Based in the northernmost part of Napa Valley, this warm region vineyard consistently produces some of the most refined Grenache grapes Winemaker Christophe Paubert has ever tasted. A smaller portion of Grenache also comes from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard, located mid-valley in Oakville. The Syrah comes from Oak Knoll, just south of the winery, and the Mourvedre is from Stanton Vineyards in St. Helena.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for an early and condensed harvest.
Winemaker Christophe Paubert practiced simple methods to highlight each varietal’s unique characteristics in this blend. The grapes for this wine underwent a 2 week maceration period designed to pull flavor, color and tannin from the skins.