Our 2014 Cinq a Sept opens
with a robust nose, highlighting aromas of blueberry
tart and dusty black plum with subtle oak aromatics.
Flavors of vibrant blackberry and red currant dominate
a supple, voluminous palate, framed by refined tannins
and bright acidity with lingering hints of black cherry.
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.
2014 began with a very warm, dry winter,
leading to an early bud break in mid-February. A warm
spring and summer combined to give us our earliest
harvest ever, which is beneficial for this style of wine
because of the acidity retention. Furthermore, a lack
of heat spikes allowed us to pick the grapes at peak
maturity, resulting in a beautiful wine.
Our Cinq a Sept was hand
harvested at night. After meticulous hand sorting, the
grapes were destemmed and a pre-fermentation cold
soak of four days was used to increase color and density.
Fermentation was achieved using native yeast with low
fermentation temperatures giving soft phenolics and
fresh aromatics. After total fermentation time of 14
days, the wines were then racked to French oak barrels
for 18 months.
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.