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Ghost Pines Red Blend 2013Ghost Pines Red Blend 2013

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Size: 750ml

Ghost Pines crafts multi-AVA wines from California’s premier appellations. Not bound by a single appellation or vineyard, winemaker Michael Eddy has the freedom to choose the best grapes, regardless of the region. The result is a collection of sophisticated wines that illustrate some of the best characteristics of each varietal and region, balancing elegance with structure. Echoing the unharnessed, free-form character of its namesake tree, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking: no boundaries, no limits.

Wine Description: The inaugural vintage of their Ghost Pines Red Blend is a dark wine with rich aromas and flavors of blackberry and pepper, framed by hints of toast and leather on the nose. Flavors of dark berry, licorice and brown spice meld with notes of cedar and dried herb on the palate. Soft, round tannins give way to a long, lingering finish.

Viticulture Notes: The growing season provided excellent conditions for grapes across Napa, Sonoma and San Joaquin counties. Each region experienced cool, moderate temperatures with even weather and no major challenges. The steady growing season allowed for even growth and maturation, yielding fruit of excellent quality. The depth and intensity of the growing season contributed to the vibrant color and flavor characteristics of the final blend.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes for Ghost Pines Red Blend were destemmed, crushed and cold soaked for three days prior to fermentation in upright, closed-top fermentors. The must was fermented at a maximum temperature of 88°F and remained in contact with the skins an average of 12 to 20 days. This wine underwent malolactic fermentation, imparting a rich texture to the mouthfeel. The individual lots were blended just prior to bottling, ensuring a well-integrated wine.