52% 2015 Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
26% 2015 Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
10% 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley
8% 2015 Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley
4% 2015 Petit Verdot, Santa Ynez Valley
Milestone is a Right-Bank inspired blend, and draws on the 5 principal wine grapes used in classic Bordeaux wine production. This wine shows resinous and wild sage aromas in the nose, combined with black currant, plum, oak toast, vanilla and graphite. Bright fruit on the palate is framed by sturdy tannins and oak toast. This wine is ready to drink now, but will improve with age over the next 3-5 years.
Small lot fermentations of the 5 different varieties included both closed-top fermentors, and open-top bins. Fruit yield was minuscule, and skin-to-juice ratio was very high. After several days of cold-soaking in order to coax out the skin tannin and color, the wines were fermented using a combination of Bordeaux-specific yeast strains and native fermentation. With the help of the founders’ grandson, Miles Rice, we picked the blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and the other varieties that best expressed the terroir of the SYV and his unique personality.