2017 Smashberry Red Wine
This is a great representation of bold flavors and red fruit found in Paso Robles. A wine that can stand on its own and yet, easily complement any meal. Aromas of dark red fruit, chocolate, and bramble berries are followed by flavors of blackberries, mocha and dark chocolate. The finish is accented by dark, lengthy tannins, a well-balanced mid-palate, and a rich, coating mouth-feel.
The grapes arrived cold to the winery to maximize flavor and aromatic compounds achieved by being harvested at night. The grapes were destemmed and gently moved to tank, where they cold-soaked for anthocyanin extraction from the grape skins and fermented naturally. Once the sugar content reached the dry level the grapes were gently pressed into vessels. Underwent native malolactic fermentation and aged on 25% French and American Oak for 9 months.
Tasting Panel: 90