2009 Small Lot Counoise
With a saturated ruby color, our Small Lot Counoise exhibits aromas of mixed spices, strawberry and cherry. This wine has a nice round mid-palate and flavors of cocoa and graham that last from start to finish.
The Counoise was harvested from our Marina vineyard, the Petite Sirah from our Del Arroyo vineyard and the Barbera from the Smith vineyard, all in the Livermore Valley. These grapes were ultra-farmed, handpicked into half-ton bins, and hand sorted in order to ensure premium quality. The grapes were gently crushed into stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily in order to maximize color and tannin extraction until primary fermentation was completed prior to moving into barrel.
All varietals were fermented in stainless steel tank, and pumped over twice daily.
All varietals were aged in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak for 13 months.