AVA: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County
COMPOSITION: 87% Syrah, 13% Viognier
WINEMAKING NOTES: Both the Syrah and the Viognier for Côte Blonde are sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. Picked on the same date in mid-September, the Syrah and the Viognier were destemmed, hand sorted and then co-fermented together with indigenous yeasts in small stainless tanks. The tanks were punched down 3 times a day for 18 days, and then drained and pressed to 228 liter French oak barrels, 15% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was racked to blend after 8 months, and remained in barrel for a total of 18 months. Bottled unfined & unfiltered in July of 2014.
TASTING NOTES: Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Côte Blonde shows off an exuberant nose of white flowers and dried apricots. The palate has notes of dried fruit, earth, leather, soy and black tea with nuances of menthol and cinnamon stick. Full bodied and with a generous mouthfeel, it is nicely balanced with a medium level of fine grained tannins and refreshing acid, finishing long and spicy. Drinking very well now, it should continue to cellar to 2020.
CASES BOTTLED: 589
RELEASE DATE: September 2014
92 POINTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST: "Enhanced with a bit of Viognier, this wine shows an intriguing mix of violet-like fruit and fragrant juniper on the nose, alongside some game and pepper. Tar opens the palate, but then it evolves toward elderberry jam, coffee and very dark chocolate, with more black pepper and violety fruit on the finish." — M.K., Wine Enthusiast (7/1/2015)
92 POINTS - WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER: "Shows ample power and finesse. Racy aromas of currant, licorice and smoke open to concentrated flavors of boysenberry, cedar and lead pencil, finishing with ripe but firm tannins. Syrah and Viognier. Best from 2017 through 2022." (12/17/14)
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