Saturday, February 16, 2008

Our Featured Wines

Our Four Finest Barrels
Each year, Markus (Our Assistant Wine Maker) gets to surprise us with his selection of our finest red wines blended together, that he code-names "Mystere". He starts with Petite Syrah as his base, then looks to make and "adventurous creation that changes based on the best of what's available in the barrel room". I give him carte blanche to choose whatever he likes, and always look forward to the results!

For the 2005 47.5 degree Red, in addition to a barrel of Petite, he snagged one barrel each of Syrah, Alicante Bouchet ("because it's black as ink"), and Mourvedre ("which brings the unique, exotic floral aspect"). The resulting wine is full of aromas of sweet violets, red currant, and black olive, that turns deep, dark and brawny with creamy black cherry and a lingering finish. He aged 25% in one New French oak barrel to add notes of oak resonation with roasted vanilla bean. Better get you re-orders in soon for the few cases remaining!
Steve Borra