Angels' Share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from oak barrels during maturation. Medieval winemakers assumed that angels watched over the wines, and that they took their share. Sweet blue fruit notes of fresh blueberry, juniper and mulberry bracketed by a cleansing pop of acidity and savory tannin. The sweet fruit entry gently yields to savory notes of dried bay leaf, briar, dried herbs and dried rose petals.
Aged 14 month in 12% new French oak hogsheads, the balance in 1 to 8-year-old French oak. Under good cellaring conditions, this wine will age 10+ year.
The grapes were crushed into and fermented in 5, 7 and 10 ton open fermenters. During the peak of fermentation the batches received regular pump overs three times daily to extract color, flavor and tannin. The average time on skins was 16 days. Once the parcels were dry, the fermenters were drained off and the skins pressed, with the pressings combined with the free run. After 24 hours the individual batches were racked to barrel where malolactic fermentation proceeded. The final blend was unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling.
Notes of blue fruits accented by plum, blueberry and mulberry tones. Complexing notes of briar, bay leaf, coriander seeds, dried rose petals and ash.
You can expect a bright, deep, dark red with a luminous purple core followed by vibrant notes of blueberries, overlayed with dried violet petals and gentle woody spices.