Sonoma Roadside 2015 Cochon Red Blend
55% Syrah 20% Grenache, 15% Carignane, 10% Mourvedre
This version of the Sonoma Roadside Cochon Red Blend features Alban Clone Grenache sourced from Coffaro Vineyard in Dry Creek with its signature red gravelly loam soils. While the true origin of this wonderful clone of Grenache has never been officially divulged, John Alban did work at Chateau Rayas, could just be a coincidence. Pre-1900 Old Vine Carignane from Coffaro lends some old world Rhone charm. The Syrah in the blend comes from Jemrose’s Cardiac Hill in Bennett Valley at the northern end of the Petaluma Wind Gap between three mountain peaks. This site benefits from an extremely cool, fog influenced climate, steep, well drained rocky, clay-loam soils and a unique north facing exposure descending from 900 feet down to the valley floor. We used Clones 470 and 877 from the steepest blocks. The Mourvedre fruit came from 100+ year old, head trained vines in deep sandy soils at Elm Vineyard in Oakley.
Winemaking: We allowed each vineyard to reach full maturity late in the season and brought the grapes to the winery in the early morning. Upon arrival the grapes were gently de-stemmed and placed in to small bins for cold soak and primary fermentation using only native yeasts. We left 25% of the Syrah grapes from each lot whole cluster for added spice and complexity. Prior to fermentation we added frozen Viognier grapes to the Syrah lots, to aid in the cold soak and highlight the vibrant floral aromas. The grapes were punched down by hand three times daily for a period of 2 ½ weeks till each wine was dry. The wines were gently pressed and transferred to a mix of new and seasoned 300 liter French oak Hogsheads, nicknamed HOGS, for malo-lactic fermentation and aging for 14 months, then bottled unfiltered.
The Wine: Opaque ruby-purple colored with intense aromas of spicy, wild raspberry, ripe bing cherry, Ripe plum, kirsch liqueur, touches of crushed rocks, grilled Provencal herbs and white pepper. Deftly balanced acids combine with a juicy and velvety texture, displaying layers of fruit and glycerol concentration that are both seductive and intense while maintaining a sense of elegance. The opulent fruit and spice persist on the palate finishing supple with silky tannins.
Produced by Cochon Wines
Sonoma Roadside 2018 Cochon Red Blend
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