2014 Cinq á Sept
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.