Fruit sourced from Flowers' estate vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast appellation, including Camp Meeting Ridge, Frances Thompson and Sea View Ridge. As they continue to tighten the focus of terroir, this sixth release of Andreen-Gale expresses their vision of the Sonoma Coast more than ever. This vintage, 100% of the fruit was sourced from their estate vineyards.
All fruit rigorously hand sorted and fully destemmed with no crushing. Pre-fermentation "cold soak" 4-5 days depending on lot. Full native yeast primary fermentation. Punchdown frequency depending on tannin structure of the given clone and the dynamics of fermentation. Total skin contact ranged from 16-22 days depending on extraction and balance. All ferments gently basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for ML. Minimal racking with only one assemblage (retaining "light lees") in early Spring allowing the blend to "marry" in barrel prior to bottling.
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry and red plum with hints of mineral, dried herbs and orange blossom. Rich & well balanced in the mouth. Ample, elegant structure and lively acidity. Long supple tannins. Drink over the next 3 years.
"Grown practically within spitting distance of the Pacific Ocean, out in western Sonoma County, this wine demonstrates again the high potential of the area as well as the tighter line that such wines can achieve. With its ripe cherry prime focus and a touch of pert cherry juice for brightness, this fairly full-bodied wine is solidly varietal if just a touch lean at this point. Like many of its mates from the same year, it deserves a bit of patience." -Rated 89, Connoisseur's Guide to California Wines