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GRAPE BLEND & SOURCE
A bright nose of Bing cherries, plum, cranberry and wild raspberries with a touch of clove. Fruit forward and spicy on the palate with notes of black pepper, anise, and jasmine complementing plum, rhubarb and Allspice. Plenty of acidity on the long finish balances the rich fruit flavors.
Grapes for the 2017 Mason Cuvée come from the Sunstone Estate and a partner vineyard in Foxen Canyon. All fruit was hand-harvested at night to ensure a cool fermentation. Upon delivery to the winery the grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed and left to ferment separately for three weeks. Post-fermentation the wine was gently pressed off the skins and left to settle for three days. The wine was then racked off the lees and left to age for 19 months before being blended to taste and bottled in July 2019.
The boldness of the fruit and spice characteristics in this Merlot/Syrah blend can stand up to darker meats and exotic spices. Try it with Lamb Shawarma, Gyros, Asian 5-Spice Pork, and even Indian Tandoori meats. For a meat-free alternative, try a Smoked Gouda Pasta salad.
The 2017 Mason Cuvée can be enjoyed now and for up to an additional 3-5 years if stored in proper conditions.