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.
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.
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.
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.