2020 RedtailRegular price$6500 $65.00
For Redtail’s sixth vintage we combined 52% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, and 7% Petite Sirah, with 8% whole cluster fruit in the blend.
The 2020 Redtail presents a very earthy profile with baking cocoa, dried African spices, pipe tobacco, and hints of fresh oregano.
In the glass this wine remains very earth-driven with savory spices such as cardamon, black anise, and Arabian sumac. As the palate unfolds it presents dark currants, wild lavender, passionfruit, and cured meats.
- Alcohol 14.1%
- Vintage 2020
- Varietal 52% Syrah / 28% Grenache / 13% Mourvèdre / 7% Petite Sirah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 30 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. Aged sur lie for six months with bi-weekly bâtonnage.
- Cases 186
- Peak years 2024-2035
92% destemmed, cold soaked for 8 days, small open top fermentation with native/ambient yeast. One morning punchdown and one evening pumpover.