October 24, 2018 (CS); October 17, 2018 (Syrah) October 8, 2018 (M)
Harvest Brix: 19.8˚(CS); 18.6˚(Syrah) 19.6˚(M)
July 30, 2020
Big Blend 2018
This racy blend “Super Senecan” is a non-traditional blend of vinifera grapes that changes from year-to-year.
Smoky and peppery upfront that mingles with sour cherry and plum. Fine gentle tannins, cedar, and molasses round out the wine and extend the finish.
We enjoyed a mild winter in 2018. Most nights, the temperature stayed above zero, and only minor amounts of bud mortality were reported. April was quite cool which kept the buds tight, but a warm May ushered in bud break and a new growing season. Though June was typical, overall conditions through July were dry. Early August ushered in warmth and humidity with above average overnight lows. On August 14th and 15th the area received over 11 inches of rainfall, causing widespread damage, and this wet weather continued through October. The poor weather increased disease pressure dramatically, presenting challenges not seen in many years, but after more hand sorting than average, the resulting fruits were robust and reflected the high quality for which we’re known.
BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 35%, Merlot 25%
Fermented separately in open-top bins for an average of ten days. Aged separately for twenty-one months in French and American oak barrels and blended prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with roasted or grilled beef or lamb or a hearty mushroom risotto.
RELEASE DATE: December 31, 2020