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 33% Carignane, 33% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 17% Petite Sirah. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark fruit aromatics woven with a distinctive layer of
brown spice and toasted oak envelope the nose. With
the first sip, vivid acidity showcases the concentrated,
plush fruit as it satiates the palate. Rich flavors of
boysenberry, dark plum and dried strawberry mingle
with an appealing spiciness and hints of dried herbs.
The balanced structure and lingering spiciness add to
the beauty and appeal of this delicious Rhône blend.
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.
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 eleventh 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 the
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.
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
Perfect with a raspberry-chipotle pork tenderloin, and
equally as tasty with Greek grilled lamb chops served
with a Greek pasta salad.