2016 RedtailRegular price$6500 $65.00
For Redtail’s second vintage we combined all of the red varietals grown at Thompson Vineyard in specific ratios to express the unique growing season. The resulting wines are elegant and light on their feet while maintaining a deep core of fruit, tannic structure, and savory finish. Although Syrah plays a leading role by percentage with hints of mulled spiced plums, Grenache steals the opening scene with its unmistakable maraschino cherry and blood orange notes. Mourvèdre offers up wildflower pollen and cured meat, and Petite Sirah rounds things out with its classic blackberry pie aromatics, sultry viscosity, and velvety tannins.
Dovecote Redtail is intended to be extraordinarily versatile with food, and the 2016 is a medium-bodied vintage that complements a wide range of table fare. This vintage is reminiscent in profile of a classic Burgundy with compelling acidity and a complex palate that unfolds over several hours in the glass. Hearty seafood dishes such as salmon and halibut pair wonderfully, as does roasted poultry and pork. Grilled lamb and beef prepared in a lighter Mediterranean style are also perfect table partners.
- Alcohol 13.01%
- Vintage 2016
- Varietal 34% Syrah / 25% Grenache / 25% Mourvèdre / 16% Petite Sirah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 26 years
- Clone Syrah: Estrella River / Grenache: Alban 2 / Mourvèdre: Massal / Petite Sirah: Carrari
- 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 100% neutral French oak barriques
- Cases 143
- Peak years 2020-2030
Grapes were hand harvested at night, hand sorted, de-stemmed, and cold soaked for 72 hours. The fruit was then partially foot-stomped by our children and then fermented in small open-top bins with daily manual punchdowns. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed and then aged for 11 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. Bottled September 19, 2017 and then rested for two years before release. We expect it will improve with age over the next 7-10 years.