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2013 Odd Lot Red
Tasting Notes

2013 Odd Lot Red

Odd Lot Red is the fun friend you want to take to any party. It’s approachable, versatile and fits in anywhere, from white tablecloths to picnics in the park. Our philosophy with Odd Lot is simple: make a delectable, lip-smacking red blend. Period. No rules that it has to be Bordeaux-based or Rhône-based or follow the formula that won us a slew of gold medals and accolades on the last vintage. Naw, rules are for sissies. We set out to craft the yummiest red blend from the tools of the vintage—every lot available is up for grabs! Winemakers and interns gather with beakers and pipettes and no shortage of opinions as to what will enhance our Odd Lot and add that certain je ne sais quoi to really bring it home. The 2013 vintage opens with aromas of blackberry, cassis, and ripe plum framed by notes of chocolate and spice. The palate is soft, silky and balanced and the finish is long and smoooooooth.

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Ten varietals from eleven blocks on four estate vineyards is quite the blend of grapes. About 90% of the 2013 Odd Lot blend came from our estate San Lucas and Hames Valley Vineyards, where ideal conditions exist for growing intense, flavor-packed reds. The long, warm days allow concentrated fruit flavors to develop, while the dramatic nighttime cooling preserves the balance of the fruit and maintains acidity. With a temperate 2013 growing season featuring warm spring months balanced by breezy afternoons and cool nights during the summer months the grapes were allowed the perfect amount of time for even ripening and good flavor development. Excellent harvest-time conditions allowed us to let the grapes hang until optimal ripeness was achieved.
Each component of Odd Lot Red is handled separately and has its own specific winemaking protocol. The red grapes were fermented in small lots in open top fermenters and aged in oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. The white grapes were aged in stainless steel to allow the full, bright fruit to shine. People are usually mildly stunned to see that we’ve blended in a small percentage of white wine into this red blend- less than 10%. The addition of fruity, aromatic whites accentuates the fresh fruit component, elevating and bringing a brightness to the blend. Integrating these 10 varietals deviates from the ordinary, usual and expected, which just happens to be the reason it’s called “Odd Lot”!
Varietal Composition
22% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 14% Tinta Cão, 12% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese, 8% Tannat, 6% Chardonnay, 4% Muscat, 2% Touriga Nacional, 2% Tempranillo
45% Hames Valley, 35% Mesa del Rio, 14% San Lucas, 6% Riverview
Harvest Date
Harvest Brix
Average of 23.5°
Alcohol %
26% French Oak, 30% American Oak, 22% European Oak, 22% Stainless Steel
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
July 7, 2015