NV Two Ranch Red 750ml
Number of Cases: 1,320
Vineyards: Our Two Ranch Red is 100% Sonoma County. 84% of the grapes in the Two Ranch Red are from our Red Ranch in Alexander Valley and nine percent are from our Bismark Mountain Vineyard above Sonoma Valley in the newly-named Moon Mountain District. The blend also contains 7% Pinot Noir from our Home Ranch Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Winemaking: Our Two Ranch epitomizes the gestalt of blending, and its synthesis is similar to creating a delicious dish from many ingredients. We vinify each variety separately with a variety of winemaking techniques. This includes cold soak, a combination of pump over, rack and return, and punch down. All the wines were pressed to taste and aged on lees in a combination of French Hungarian and American oak barrels. Our Two Ranch Red is blended cross-vintage and with multiple varieties to maximize spice, fruit flavors and suppleness.
Tasting Notes: In the glass our Two Ranch is saturated purple with a crimson edge. This 2016 bottling exudes aromas of pluot, Himalayan blackberry, licorice and a hint of thyme. These aromas are echoed in the mouth with additional nuances of currant and nutmeg spice. Ultra-plush and supple on mid palate, the Cabernet component provides a density that augurs graceful aging. (Tasted 7-20-17)
Varieties: 38% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 7% Pinot Noir, 4% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Verdot
Residual Sugar: 0.23%
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 25.2o
Fermentation: Combination of non-inoculated and inoculated with select yeasts
Malolactic fermentation: 100% of blend
Length/Type of Aging: Average 20 months barrel aged
Oak Types: Nadalie (Hungarian & American), Saury (French), Trust (Hungarian), Boswell (American)
Bottling Date: June 22