Cooperage - Aged in 100% French oak, 50% new and 50% 2nd vintage barrels coopered from select forests of Boutes, Millet, Taransaud and Vicard for 22 months.
Winemaking - Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 hours, inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand punched and pressed directly to barrel, where the wine finished both primary and secondary fermentations. The varietals were kept individual until blending at 12 months to create the Vineyard Reserve blend.
Vineyard - Tapteil Vineyard is located in the Red Mountain Appellation near the highest elevation and farthest northern point of the Appellation boundary. Tapteil is owned by Larry Pearson who diligently manages the grapes at this superior vineyard site.
Tasting Notes - Notes of bright red fruit on the nose including mulberry and tart cherry, leading into a hint of pencil shavings and burnt crème. The palate offers spicy currant notes with brisk tannins and a mineral finish.
Release Info: Released Spring 2016
• 100% Tapteil Vineyard
Prices: $50/bottle  $540/case