Early Mountain Rose 2019

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Blend: 76% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Syrah, 4.5% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot

Vineyard Block: Early Mountain Vineyards, Quaker Run Vineyards, Capstone Vineyard, Glen Anne Vineyard

Winemaker Note: We continue to ferment block by block to understand precisely what we get (and want) from each. In 2019, we build upon what we have learned over the years from both our farming and fermenting, and we continue to test hypotheses with small, experimental lots. Notably, we are working with early picked Petit Verdot, expanding whole cluster - cold maceration on certain lots, and pushing forward with more ambient fermentations. The result is a continuation of our stylistic troika of fruit, herbs, and minerality that is more layered than in years past. Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate the blend, bringing fresh fruit (Merlot) and an herbal quality (Franc); while the Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot round out the palate and provide a savory note. 2019 offers a bit more density than we have on average, making for a wine of both breadth and precise structure.

Wine Description: The pale, salmon color primes us for the strawberries, white peaches, blood
orange and herbal aromas of this wine. The acidity matched with the texture brings a freshness to the fruit and the wine lingers with pleasant citrus pith character.

Bottled: 2/26/20
Cases Produced: 2245
Yeast: Ambient and Cultured

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