66.6% Merlot, Sunstone Estate “Villa Block”, Santa Ynez Valley
16.6% Cabernet Franc, Sunstone Estate “Villa Block”, Santa Ynez Valley
16.6% Syrah, Sunstone Estate “Villa Block”, Santa Ynez Valley
A blend of estate Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah this perfect Christmas Dinner wine display a wide array of aromas from ripe blueberries to dried green herbs, tea, and eucalyptus with flavors of bright ripe cherries, cured meat and strawberry jam.
Picked at high levels of ripeness, the three estate lots were separately picked and de-stemmed then gently crushed to small open top macro bins, where they fermented on the skins for over two weeks to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that these varietals produce. Separately aged for 22 months in a combination of new and neutral French oak, the lots were then blended to taste, sterile filtered and bottled to approximately 347 cases 12/750mL in August 2016.