2012 CôTE BLONDEWine Match Special Selection

87% Syrah/Shiraz
Westerly Wines

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $45.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:589
formats: 750mL
released:Sep 1, 2014
date profiled:Aug 5, 2015
region:Central Coast
AVA:Happy Canyon of Santa ... Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
vineyards:McGinley Vineyard
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:24.0°
alcohol:14.8%
fined:No
filtered:No
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:15% New  
oak aging: 18 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
syrah/shiraz 87% Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
vignoles 13% Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
 
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Winemaker Adam Henkel Notes
WINEMAKING NOTES: Both the Syrah and the Viognier for Côte Blonde are sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. Picked on the same date in mid-September, the Syrah and the Viognier were destemmed, hand sorted and then co-fermented together with indigenous yeasts in small stainless tanks. The tanks were punched down 3 times a day for 18 days, and then drained and pressed to 228 liter French oak barrels, 15% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was racked to blend after 8 months, and remained in barrel for a total of 18 months. Bottled unfined & unfiltered in July of 2014. TASTING NOTES: Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Côte Blonde shows off an exuberant nose o ...more... f white flowers and dried apricots. The palate has notes of dried fruit, earth, leather, soy and black tea with nuances of menthol and cinnamon stick. Full bodied and with a generous mouthfeel, it is nicely balanced with a medium level of fine grained tannins and refreshing acid, finishing long and spicy. Drinking very well now, it should continue to cellar to 2020.
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