Production: 1525 cases
Tasting Notes: This red blend emanates rich black and red fruit aromas with hints of sweet earth and spice on the nose. With Merlot being the primary grape in the 2014 Three Blocks, the palate is able to explore lush, ripe, rich black fruit, and cherry flavors enhanced by cocoa, coffee beans and a touch of white pepper. Stimulate your senses with its juicy entry, soft tannins, and balanced acids.
Vineyard: Each of the chosen vineyards have high rock content, which allows cab to slowly grow in soil with very good drainage and poor fertility. Rocky soils produce grapes with round, soft, almost sweet tannins, which are exactly what we are after for Three Blocks. The low fertility soils of Sonoma Valley have excellent drainage, meaning strong roots must develop in order to find water. Vines with deep root penetration are also best able to capture the distinctiveness of the growing site.
Vintage: 2014 was a vintage that brought us a third year of drought. Our farming practices gave us an edge over traditional farmers, since our vines have been taught to drive their roots deep into the soils, claiming water from below, not above. We received “miracle rains” in March and the summer went smoothly, without significant heat spikes. Harvest was fast and compact until the early part of October which provided a break to process the massive amounts of fruit.
Winemaking: Our grapes are harvested at night to preserve their flavors and freshness. The fruit is then destemmed and carefully sorted so only the best berries make it to the tank. We cold soak the fruit for several days to extract rich color and flavors. We allow the native yeast to ferment the grapes to wine while we carefully manage tannins during our pumpovers. This wine is then aged in French Oak barrels for 16 months.
Winemaker: Lisa Amaroli
Harvested: September 2014
Blend: 70% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Syrah
Certification: Made with Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Grapes
Cellaring: 6-8 Years
Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Wine Competition