Nose

Nose packed with dark fruit marmalade and spice flavors.

Palate

Has a sweet entry followed by soft, round tannins. Bright basil leaves and blueberry flavors that linger on the palate.

Growing Conditions

Vineyard name: The El Mirador and Rivadavia vineyards Vineyard size: 24-370 Soil composition: Clay Training method: Parral Elevation: 2600 Feet Vines/acre: 2200 Exposure: Northwestern Year vineyard planted: 1950-1970 First vintage of this wine: 2006

Harvest

Harvest time: April - May

Bottling

Length of bottle aging: 3 months

Winemaking

Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks Length of alcoholic fermentation: 10 days Fermentation temperature: 77-82°F Maceration technique: Racking, Punchdown, Pumpovers, Aeration, and Delestage Length of maceration: 15 days

Aging

Type of aging container: Barriques and Stainless steel tanks Size of aging container: 225L Age of aging container: 10% New Type of oak: French and American Length of aging before bottling: 6 months

Appearance

Intense violet color.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with the strong flavors of game or the earthy flavors of mushrooms or with both in a dish like Braised Venison with Cremini Mushrooms.