2013 in Order to form a more perfect Union
Winemaker Notes: Vibrant deep purple in color. The aromatics lead with Asian spices and earth and give way to notes of black currant, blackberry, leather, cedar, tobacco, and tar. On the palate the wine is concentrated and rich with beautiful texture that displays full bodied silky tannins and amazing complexity. This gorgeous wine displays multifaceted layers of blackberry, huckleberry, black plum, espresso, lead pencil, mint, tobacco, Asian spices, earth, and gravel. Properly cellared, this wine should reach maturity in 10-12 years andwill gracefully evolve for 20+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 147 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 125 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine 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 achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.
Cooperage: The oak profile is 70% new French oak puncheons (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 30% neutral French oak.
Cases Produced: 124