Tannat is famous for its deepness and richness, with dark purple color, rich tannins (its name comes from the word tannins), and intense flavor. Originally from the South of France, it came to fame in Uruguay and more recently is trending in California. 2018 was a cool vintage, allowing the Tannat to reach full ripeness slowly while retaining fresh fruit & acidity. Nonetheless, the richness of this grape shines through. Add to this natural tendency for things big and intense that we fermented this wine on the skins in a combination of 1 ton picking bins and stainless steel tanks for 4 weeks, including a cold soak and extended maceration, the resulting wine is dark in color and flavor, with bold fine-grained tannins and acidity. To match the natural flavors from the grape, we aged the wine on 45% new oak, mostly darker toasts from France and Minnesota, to contribute complexities of coffee, chocolate, roasted meat and vanilla. This wine is intensely complex with a long lingering finish.