On the nose, blackcurrant, blackberry compote, cocoa, cinnamon and cedar. A taste is fresh and mouth-filling. Flavours hint of fruitcake, raspberry, black cherry and cocoa.
Picked at the Stouck Family Vineyard as grape sugars averaged 25° Brix. Component varieties were crushed and divided, some going to steel tank and some to oak, for primary fermentation. The wine was racked to French (75 %) and American (25 %) oak barrels to finish malolactic fermentation. Of the total, roughly 40% aged in new barrels. After eight months, the whole was transferred to older barrels for a further ten months.
When the finished wine was bottled, alcohol measured 13.5%, residual sugar 0.5 grams per litre, titratable acidity 6.8 grams per litre and pH 3.67.
Food Companions Best enjoyed near 17 ° C. Partners include grilled chicken with mushroom pasta and lamb shank. Enjoy now to 2026.