2020 MantleRegular price$6500 $65.00
When a bird of prey captures its quarry, it often spreads its wings and surrounds it in preparation for the two entities to become one. This beautiful act is known as “mantling”. In this same spirit, Dovecote’s Mantle is born out of a unique process of sequential co-fermentation where two elements slowly fuse and become something beyond their individual parts via the alchemy of fermentation.
Roughly 80/20 Grenache/Syrah, Mantle is a cuvée that possesses a burgundianesque body, distinctly silky mouthfeel, a dark and sultry core, and an exotically perfumed bouquet of fresh rain and crushed flowers. Its natural notes of wild anise and vanillin can often fool even the most experienced experts into believing new oak is involved, yet elevage is always 100% neutral.
This wine is widely versatile with a range of cuisines.
- Alcohol 14.7%
- Vintage 2020
- Varietal 81% Grenache / 19% Syrah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 30 years
- Clone Grenache: Alban 2 / Syrah: Estrella River
- Rootstock Own
- Soil Sand and flint over limestone
- Farming Sustainable
- Climate Cool I/II
Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.
Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.
- Aging 18 months in 100% neutral French oak barriques, aged on lees with bi-weekly bâtonnage for six months before racking, bottled in May 2022
- Cases 51
- Peak years 2023-2030
Fruit is 100% destemmed and cold soaked for 10 days. Grenache fermentation was allowed to begin spontaneously, with Syrah then added directly during the last third of the process to extend the fermentation to nearly twice normal time. Cap management included one morning punchdown and one evening pumpover. Pressed gently, direct to barrel.