64% 2014 Syrah, Brave and Maiden Vineyards, Santa Barbara County
29% 2014 Grenache, Bella Cavalli Vineyards, Santa Barbara County
7% 2015 Mourvèdre, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley
Blueberry and violets in the nose with toasted hazelnut, boysenberry and black cherry. Soft and round mid-palate, plum, mincemeat and chutney spice meld into a beautifully soft finish.
The 2014 Rapsodie II is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre produced from three ultra- premium vineyards, located in Santa Barbara County, including Sunstone’s 26-year old estate vineyard and a vineyard planted by Sunstone in the late 1990’s. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were separately sorted, lightly crushed, and de-stemmed before being pumped into an open top fermentation tank. After cold soaking, the grapes were inoculated and allowed to ferment for 12 days on the skins using the D254 yeast strain to extract maximum color and flavor. Following fermentation, the wines were transferred to French oak barrels, for a secondary fermentation and aging. After barrel aging for 12-months, the separate lots were blended to taste, filtered and bottled to 327 cases 12/750mL and 120 magnums in November 2016.