2015 The Corset
The Corset - Red Wine Blend
French & American Oak Barrels
Juicy flavors of berry jam, cranberry and raspberry invite you into this drinkable take on this Grenache based red blend. The fresh fruit, almost Pinot Noir-esque nature of the Grenache is lifted and supported by the structure of the Alicante Bouchet & Zinfandel that was used to complete this elegant and finesse-driven wine.
Gold & Best of Class at the 2016 Harvest Challenge
Grenache, which is a well established varietal throughout Rhone wine region, as well as Spain, has also found a great home in the Lodi Appellation. Our growers obtain vine balance through the use of shoot thinning, leaf removal, and cluster thinning during the growing season to obtain optimal ripening. This Grenache comes from Ron Silva (Silvaspoons vineyards) located in the Alta Mesa Sub AVA of the Lodi Appellation. Alicante Bouschet also has it’s origins in France. It is a cross of Grenache and Petit Bouschet, and it is one of the few teinturier winegrapes (where the inside of the berries is also red), which contributes to it’s fantastic color. The vineyard we pulled fruit from here is known as the Elk vineyard, located in the Borden Ranch Sub AVA of the Lodi Appellation and is managed by Round Valley Ranches. Zinfandel is the third major component, and this Zin comes from grower Ken Deaver up in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County.
Grapes for all these lots were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for cold soak or directly back to bin and put in our temperature controlled for cold soak. Must was inoculated with some carefully selected yeast strains and fermentation was done both in tank and in bins, depending on the lot. These lots received either regular timed pump overs or punch downs accordingly. Aged in both American & French Oak barrels.