AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
COMPOSITION: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Sangiovese, 23% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
WINEMAKING NOTES: This wine is a unique proprietary blend of all five red Bordeaux varieties, along with a fraction of Sangiovese that results in this wine being a Santa Barbara Super-Tuscan. All of the individual lots were harvested by hand between September 10 and October 23, and then hand-sorted, de-stemmed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks. The components were racked to blend after a year in small French oak barrels, and then spent another 6 months in barrel before being bottled in July 2014.
TASTING NOTES: The 2012 Fletcher’s Red is a full-bodied, gracefully styled wine. The color is a dark and brilliant ruby, with aromas of blackberry pie and toasted oak. Seamless and quite rich on the palette, this wine offers a myriad of flavors manifested over a wonderfully persistent finish. This wine should drink well for 10-15+ years.
95 POINTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST: "Pressed blueberry, black cherry and sour plum aromas mesh with dried oregano, bay leaf, black pepper and pencil shavings on the nose. There’s lots of depth to the palate, with dark olallieberry, eucalyptus oil and pine needle flavors leading into a hazelnut, caramel, coffee and vanilla finish." —M.K., Wine Enthusiast (2/1/2017)
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