2018 Verah Rhône Style Red Blend Estate Grown
A bit more elegant than previous vintages. Strawberry and spice are upfront and center along with a kiss of baking spice and rose. It follows in flavor, silky and smooth, with the addition of rich blue fruit, graphite, rich meatiness and exotic spice. Lingering, upbeat, bright finish.
All varieties are estate grown. Grenache vines are a combination of clone 362, 14 years in age and clone 515, 8 years in age. Mourvèdre vines are Entav clone 450, 7 years in age. Syrah vines are 18 years in age. Counoise vines are Tables Creek clone planted in 2014.
32% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, 26% Syrah, 10% Counoise
Each variety fermented separately. 4 - 5 day cold soak, 30% whole cluster fermentation, punchdowns 3 times per day. Native yeast fermentation in small, open top, one ton fermenters. Total skin contact 14 days. Barrel aged 17 months in 33% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Pairs well with grilled lamb chops, pork sugo, venison pâté, and Lana’s favorite: Persian/Russian cuisine.
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||Dry Creek Valley
||September 21, 2018 through October 17, 2018
Barrel aged 17 months in 33% new French oak
||4 to 7 years