2018 RedtailRegular price$6500 $65.00
For Redtail’s fourth vintage we combined 54% Grenache, 27% Syrah (fermented partially in whole cluster), and 19% Mourvèdre. Despite it being a small portion of the blend, the partial stem inclusion imparts fresh forest floor aromatics, savory spices on the palate, and rounds the mouthfeel out with a beautiful texture of plush tannins.
In the glass the 2018 Redtail begins with a bouquet of fresh cut cedar, black cherries, and fresh cracked pepper, followed by a medley of sun-warmed berries and a velvety finish of Indian spices and sweet pipe tobacco.
- Alcohol 14.5%
- Vintage 2018
- Varietal 33% Syrah / 50% Grenache / 17% Mourvèdre (9% Whole Cluster)
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 28 years
- Clone Syrah: Estrella River / Grenache: Alban 2 / Mourvèdre: Massal
- 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.