2008 Four Thirteen
The Thirteen Series is our proprietary southern Rhone style blend using up to thirteen of the varietals traditinonal to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, here we have blended four: Syrah+ Mourvedre + Grenache + Counoise. This is our red wine of choice for the spring and summer table!\r \r The thirteen series is our proprietary southern Rhone style blend using up to thirteen of the varietals traditional to Cha�teauneuf-du-Pape and here we have blended four: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise. We are big fans of co-fermentations when mother nature provides the opportunity so the blend includes 3 (of 14) barrels where several varietals started their union at crush. Like all of our red wines, we only use the machine for whatever level of de-stemming is desired (the syrah components include varying levels of whole cluster and whole berry). Any crushing is achieved via pigeage a pied (foot stomping). We do not make wine in plastic. All of our reds are fermented in open top wood vats where wild yeasts are employed without nutrients or other enhancers. We punch down by hand up to 3x daily. The macerations ranged from 17 days for the Grenache to 24 days for the Syrahs (Mourvedre in the middle at 23 days). The Grenache and Mourvedre was aged exclusively in older French Oak barrels. The Syrah components ranged from 1-3 year old French Oak barrels. The Counoise was co-fermented with Grenache and Mourvedre and aged in a neutral 500L Hungarian puncheon. All malolactic fermentations were natural and completed by early summer. The final blend was assembled in\r mid October and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration on January 11, 2010.
Gamey notes dance with crushed free berries, herbs, cola, leather and floral hints. The palate shows off the wine's stuffing with chewy tannins, respectable acidity and lingering flavors of cranberry and casiss.
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