2019 RedtailRegular price$6500 $65.00
For Redtail’s fifth vintage we combined 48% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 16% Syrah, and 16% Petite Sirah. The spontaneous native yeast fermentation yielded an extraordinary aromatic profile that, among other things, reminds us of the sweetly intoxicating outdoor air after our first autumn rain of the season.
In the glass the 2019 Redtail begins with a bouquet of wild lavender and fennel with fresh berries. The palate brings in blackberries, violets, and leather with a finish of Herbes de Provence and roasted meats.
- Alcohol 14.5%
- Vintage 2019
- Varietal 48% Grenache / 20% Mourvèdre / 16% Syrah / 16% Petite Sirah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 29 Years
- Clone Grenache: Alban 2 / Mourvèdre: Massal / Syrah: Estrella River / 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 198
- Peak years 2022-2029
100% destemmed, cold soaked for 8 days, small open top fermentation with native/ambient yeast. One morning punchdown and one evening pumpover.