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2020 Wisdom of Wise
The art of blending is the purest art in winemaking. Much of winemaking is about the vineyard’s terroir, expressing the personality of the grape, the soil, the climate and the weather of the season, and the vagaries of the vintage. But to make a blend the Winemaker must take all of these elements and, like a chef, fuse their unique elements into a cohesive whole, and like a meal it should express the individual elements of each ingredient while becoming something new and greater. Wisdom of Wise is a blend which combines the best aspects of each variety. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc carry the weight and deliver dark fruit, dark spice, and a rich mouthfeel, while the Merlot and Malbec boost the bright fruit flavors and round out the smooth finish. The overall blend is incredibly complex and pleasing. The grapes for this blend are cold soaked and fermented with whole berries at cold temperatures, to achieve a partial carbonic maceration and maximize fruit-forward aromatic expression. These techniques result in a vibrant fruit profile and lighter tannins. After fermentation, the wines are left on the skins for an extended maceration to ensure full extraction of flavor and soft tannins from the skins before pressing and being transferred to oak on 100% full lees. This mix of techniques allows the maximum expression of fruit, spice, and lees aromas to produce an intense wine displaying the best qualities of these grapes and vineyards. This wine was aged in oak barrels, 30% new, a mixture of French and American oak, for 24 months, to balance and elevate the wines. The wine was aged on the yeast lees and stirred (batonage) monthly to extract a rich mouthfeel.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Aging||100% stainless steel for 5 months|
2020 Silver Medal & 88 Pts: CA State Fair