Winemaker Notes: Does magic have a part to play in the vineyard and the winery? We’re farmers who have grown to know the soil and the seasons over many years of practice. We also have enormous respect for Mother Nature in all her imperious guiles and yes, there is always something new that she likes to surprise us with. One of the smaller blocks or vineyard areas on our Ranch is Block 27. We like to understand every piece of vineyard but sometimes you just have to let go and accept that the earth knows best, and keeps growing amazing fruit; such a place is Block 27. The nose of the 2010 vintage has a sweet floral twist, backed by black cherry, mocha, chocolate and wood smoke. The palate is bright, crisp, medium-weighted with a sweet tannin bite. Let the wine linger for a moment and unfold a little further so the bing cherry, red cherry and cranberry fruit have a chance to be noticed. This is a wine and a vintage that doesn’t need to sit down with food but will very happily do so; foraged mushroom risotto anyone? If, in the next ten years or so, you happen to find a bottle of the 2010 Block 27 hidden in your cellar, you are sure to congratulate yourself for the uncharacteristic patience you’ve exercised.
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