The 2016 Madonne reflects its southern Rhone heritage through a blend of the region's traditional red varieties: 69% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 2% Carignane, and 1% Counoise. It is our effort to emulate the traditional wines of the southern Rhone Valley and is a marriage of California soils and climate to a classicly - styled blend of estate grown, Rhone red varietals.
The '16 Madonne displays a vast fruit presence of cherries and berries, along with cranberries, on the nose. It is also showing a pretty floral characteristic, with hints of black licorice, cinnamon and cocoa powder. The palate showcases raspberry, tea leaf, and violet components with savory notes of pepper, oregano, and thyme on the long finish. Pair with lamb skewer appetizers or roasted cauliflower with stewed vegetables.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Harvest Date: last week of September, first week of October
Cooperage: Neutral French Oak, 20 months