Radar Red Wine Blend Sonoma County 2018


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Radar (or Rad Red, as we like to call it! ) is produced from prime vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. This 2018 blend is crafted in claret style, with full extraction, extended aging in French oak, and quarterly racking. The backbone of the blend is Old Vin Zinfandel with significant dollops of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend varies from year to year…and the secret is never revealed! The vineyards are sustainably farmed and select barrels are master blended to create the finished wine. With the benefits of judicious blending, no fining was required.

Winemaker: William Knuttel (Knuttel Family, William Knuttel, Chalk Hill Estate, Ottimino, Saintsbury)

Blend: Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon

Barrel Regimen: 100% French Oak, 25% new

Fermentation: native yeasts, extraction with pumpover & punch down, pressed at dryness

Tasting Notes:

Our 2018 Radar Red wine is claret styled with classically rich, ripe and structured Sonoma County fruit. Aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla, cedar and cigar box tease the nose. The palate follows with mouth-filling blackberry and plum flavors, and hints of vanilla and oak spice. Soft, smooth tannins integrate with the extended structure to make this a balanced, elegant wine from attack through to the lingering finish.

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