The Sarah’s Vineyard Madonne is our local effort to emulate the traditional red wines of the southern Rhone Valley. It is a blend of estate grown, Rhone red varieties – in this case, primarily Grenache. The final cepage is 65% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, and 2% Counoise.
The ’18 Madonne displays fruit presence of dark cherries, raspberries, and chocolate on the nose. It is also showing delicate floral notes, along with hints of baking spice and cocoa powder. The palate echoes the aromas as well as adds blueberry, lavender, and vanilla with savory notes of pepper and baking spices on the long finish. Pair with rosemary roast chicken or ratatouille.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Cooperage: Neutral French oak, 20 months