Our 2012 Cinq a Sept opens with a very exotic nose, highlighting aromas of candied blueberry and black plum with subtle oak and smoke aromatics. Sweet flavors of blackberry and currant dominate a supple, voluminous palate, framed by refined tannins and balanced acidity with lingering hints of licorice.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
Our Cinq a Sept was hand harvested at night in 28 separate picks. After meticulous hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed with a small percentage left whole cluster. A pre-fermentation cold soak of three to seven days was used to increase color and density. Fermentation was achieved using a combination of both native and cultured yeasts with low fermentation temperatures giving soft phenolics and fresh aromatics. After total fermentor time of 10 to 14 days, the wines were then racked to French oak barrels for 20 months.
2012 was a classic vintage. A very dry, cold winter led into a Spring with rainfall just prior to budbreak, giving the vines hydration at the start of the growing season. Spring temperatures increased quickly, generating rapid vine growth while warm, calm conditions during flowering ensured a healthy yield. A long, consistent summer provided even ripening with retention of acidity, and lack of harvest heat waves allowed for picking at perfect maturity.
Both Alban and Grenache Noir were co-fermented with a portion of our Syrah 300 clone. We carefully blended barrel selections of each to assemble what we think represents the best Rhone Style wine from our Estate.