2015 Three Vine Red
2015 was another drought year and was not without its challenges. A cool wet May with intermittent rain caused shatter during flowering which produced a small fruit set. In addition, the yields were much lower than usual, which meant more concentrated fruit flavors. Fall produced more typical California coastal weather, with cool fog in the morning clearing to sunny skies by early afternoon with temperatures soaring up into the 90°s F and the quickly cooling off following sunset. This often-meant temperature swings of up to 50° F, which is preferable for Bordeaux varietals.
Lyon Vineyard was the source for our Right Bank-inspired blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Our Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc were co-fermented in a 10-ton fermentor, whereas the Merlot was harvested fully ripe a bit later and fermented separately. Each varietal contributes some desired attributes; Petit Verdot adds color, structure, and floral aromatics; Cabernet Franc contributes red fruit impressions (raspberry and cherry notes) and tobacco leaf aromatics; and Merlot grounds the blend with black fruits (black cherry and blueberry) and plum flavors.
Our 2015 Three Vine Red is a dark ruby color. The nose is suggestive of sweet black cherry and milk chocolate followed by enticing notes of Herbs de Provence. Smooth yet medium-plus in body, this wine offers bright flavors of blackberry, mocha, and black cherry that are expertly balanced by whispers of dried herbs and toast. The lingering finish echoes flavors of black fruits and herbs.
AVA: Alexander Valley
Harvest Date: October 2015
Blend: 54% Merlot; 31% Cabernet Franc; 15% Petit Verdot
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
TA: 0.55 g/mL
Barrels: 30% new Saury American Oak; 70 % neutral Saury French oak
Time in Barrel: 15 months
Bottling Date: March 20, 2017
Cases Produced: 882