Tasting Notes: A heady black raspberry aroma and sweet fruit entry set a beautiful scene for this complex and well-balanced wine. Fresh, red berry fruit abound, enhanced by dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors. Lush with a sweet entry and distinguished tannins frame this wine.
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: We had become accustomed to working with limited amounts of water due to the drought, but this year we worried about abundance - it was a wet winter. Despite early season warmth and rain challenges, once we hit ripening season we had great weather for the hanging fruit to reach full maturity and to achieve ideal flavors and balance.
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 Thru October 2016
Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot
Certification: Made with Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Grapes
Cellaring; 6-8 Years