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Vignobles 2018, Dry Creek Valley

Vignobles 2018, Dry Creek Valley
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Vignobles is the French word for vineyards, and the sites that comprise this Rhone Valley inspired blend are some of the most select in the Dry Creek area. The resulting wine strives to encompass the wide range of complex flavors from our region by bringing together 64% Carignane, 21% Grenache, and 15% Petite Sirah.

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Dry Creek Valley
6.7 g/L
25 months in 10% new French oak barrels, 28% new American oak barrels, 62% neutral oak barrels
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Tasting Notes
Dark red fruit aromatics swirled with a subtle spicy blend foretell the deliciousness discovered on the palate. Subtle spicy cedar notes weave through deep lush flavors of black raspberry, strawberry and Bing cherry. The luscious fruit is balanced with an integrated tannin and oak structure that shows a bit of muscle in the broad finish as traces of baking spices and black pepper appear.
Vineyard Notes
By blending four varietals from distinctively different Dry Creek Valley vineyards, we are staying true to Fred’s vision of showcasing how our local terroir creates a unique palate profile. With this tenth vintage since the resurrection of the wine, we’ve built upon the core of spice and zestiness from Carignane harvested off the eastern bench of Forchini Vineyard, and brought in rich, dense Petite Sirah from West Vineyard. Additional Syrah from our estate vineyard, along with Grenache from both our estate and West Vineyard, add levels of varied fruits and plushness to bring it all together. This mostly Rhone varietal blend creates layers of fruit, spices and herbs, along with complexity and balance—all hallmarks of wines from the Dry Creek Valley.
Winemaker Notes
My father first produced Vignobles in the 1990’s as a way to showcase our Petite Sirah and other Rhone varietals in a savory blend that reflects the Dry Creek Valley terroir. And, as a side note, it was one of my favorite wines to sneak tastes of as a teenager. Not a subtle wine, but meant to show more finesse and refinement than some of our other blends. We’re glad to have Vignobles back in our cellar, and I no longer have to sneak tastes, but enjoy each sip all the same.
Food Pairing Notes
A rich, hearty beef stew or pork tenderloin with pears and shallots will pair well with this fruit-forward yet robust Rhône blend.

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