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2016 50/50
Tasting Notes

2016 50/50

In Asian philosophy, yin yang is the concept of complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole as part of a dynamic system. Not to get too Zen on you, but it does call to mind the 50/50 partnership of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon: rich, polished and powerful. Syrah: supple, fruit-forward and a little sassy. Quite different characteristics with these two but blend them in an equal marriage and you discover their complementary nature and off-the-charts chemistry. Our 2016 50/50 possesses the structure and dark fruit flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon and the softness and jammy fruit of Syrah, combining to present a delicious example of elegance and power in one glass. Aromas of blackberry preserves and plum accented with notes of sage and smoky spices will convince you that soul mates really do exist.

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Our 2016 50/50 blend is comprised of grapes from two vineyards. Our San Lucas Vineyard, a primo spot in the southern part of the Monterey County AVA, is home to both Cabernet and Syrah. Here, the long, warm days and cool, breezy evenings produce lively reds that burst with ripe, fleshy fruit. For the 2016 vintage, all of the Cabernet and a portion of the Syrah are from our San Lucas estate. The balance of the Syrah is from Mesa del Rio, a cool climate site that is Syrah heaven, producing a wine with subtle spiciness, intensity and concentration. Two varietals and two vineyards that come together to produce one great wine.
Using select yeast, the grapes were fermented in small one and a half ton lots in open-top fermenters. The firm cap of skins and seeds that bubbles up and forms on the surface during red fermentation was punched down three times per day for about two weeks to increase color and tannin extraction. The must was drained and then pressed to stainless steel tanks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to a combination of French, American, and Hungarian small oak barrels for secondary fermentation and aging. After 17 months, the wine was bottled unfiltered to maintain the aromatic profile and tannin structure of the blend.
Varietal Composition
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah
67% San Lucas, 33% Mesa del Rio
Harvest Date
October 4 – 6, 2016
Harvest Brix
24.3°- 26.2°
Alcohol %
AGING 38% French, 33% American and 29% Hungarian oak, 17 months
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
April 17, 2018