My father first produced Vignobles in the 1990’s as a way to showcase our Petite Sirah and other Rhone varietals in a savory blend that reflects the Dry Creek Valley terroir. And, as a side note, it was one of my favorite wines to sneak tastes of as a teenager.
This unique blend has so much going on—starting with intriguing aromas of dark plum and dried
strawberry laced with brown baking spices, black pepper, toasted oak and traces of tarriness. It’s fruit
driven when the cork is first popped, but as the wine opens, complex layers appear and linger into the finish. Ripe plum and mixed dark berries provide the initial flavors, but as the wine expands across the palate tones of cherry, Chinese five spice, coffee and mocha-laced oak emerge. A reserved structure frames and tames the rich fruit flavors, and adds to the wine’s complexity.
The perfect wine to pair with a hearty meat course like pork tenderloin with chipotle-blueberry sauce,
or seared wild duck breast served with a tarragon red currant jelly sauce.
Varietal-Vineyard Breakdown Harvest Dates
50% Forchini Vineyard 8/24
17% Bradford Mountain Estate Vnyd 9/22
25% Petite Sirah - Bradford Mtn. Estate Vnyd 9/15
8% Zinfandel - Bradford Mtn. Estate Vnyd 9/19
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Barrel Aging: 27 months
Cooperage: 33% new French oak barrels, 17% new American oak barrels, 50% older, neutral oak barrels
Bottling Date: January 29, 2018 (unfined & unfiltered)
Closure Type: Natural cork - Amorim NDTech - individually scanned and TCA free
Production: 150 cases | 750ml
Release Date: May 2021
Wine of the Month for October 2022
$4/2 oz. pour