2015 Tilting at Windmills
Winemaker Notes: Deep purple-ruby color with intensely perfumed aromatics: framboise, kirsch, black cherry, spice, vanilla, and minerals. Ripe lush tannins from the Grenache and Syrah and some slightly firmer tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon interplay beautifully with the vibrant acidity and higher fruit expression. The palate is rich and expansive with dominant notes of framboise, kirsch, cassis jam, and blackberry. There are also secondary notes of anise, graphite, bacon fat, and roasted herbs. The finish is very long with notes of kirsch, scorched earth, and white pepper. Like previous vintages, this is a decadent mouthful of wine with refreshing acidity and great flavor delineation. It will not disappoint. Should hit maturity in 7-9 years, will hold for 15+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 165 hours and was punched down by hand 2 times each day during macerations and fermentation.100% native ferment. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.
Cooperage: The oak profile is 40% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 60% neutral French oak. The wine was not racked and remained on its lees until bottling. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees. The wine has not been fined.
Cases Produced: 105
Release Date: Nov. 3rd, 2017