2013 Creative Impulse
Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby in color with a complex bouquet of cassis, mint, anise, menthol, violet, nutmeg, earth, and gravel. Multilayered with exquisite texture and an incredibly long finish. On the palate, notes of black cherry, cassis, black plum, mint, cedar, tobacco, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, incense, gravel, and baking spices. The vibrant, long finish echoes notes of cigar tobacco, cassis, and mint. Elegant tannins, crisp acidity, perfect balance, and high palate concentration suggest significant aging potential. This wine should reach maturity in 10-12 years, and properly cellared, this wine will gracefully evolve for 20+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 155 hours and a post-fermentation maceration of 55 hours. The wine was fermented with 100% native yeasts and was punched down by hand 2 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was racked three times and not fined. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.
Cooperage: The wine had an elevage of 30 months in French Oak puncheons. The oak profile is 60% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 40% neutral French oak.
Cases Produced: 135