84% Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
8% Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
8% Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
Fresh plum, black and blueberries, and wild raspberries with a touch of smoke on the nose. The Syrah provides a touch of black pepper, leather, and smoked meat. The wine finishes long and has accents of dried violets, French oak, and medium + acidity to balance the rich fruit flavors.
Grapes for the 2016 Mason Cuvée come from across the Sunstone Estate. Each lot was hand-picked at night and delivered to the winery in the early morning. The fruit was then destemmed and lightly crushed into a combination of stainless steel fermenters and small fermentation boxes where it was left to cold settle for a few days before being inoculated to start fermentation. During fermentation each lot was given twice daily attention either by pumpover or punchdown. After fermentation the lots were gently pressed off the skin with minimal tumbling to limit harsh seed tannins from entering the finished wine. After aging in a combination of neutral and new French oak barrels for 20 months the lots were blended to taste and bottled in August 2018.