2016 Cuvée Foudre
Across the varietal board the 2016 vintage produced fuller bodied wines with more depth and structure than in 2015. This is especially noticeable in our top southern Rhone Blend, Cuvée Foudre.
Cuvee Foudre is our way of living vicariously through our wines. When deciding on the CF blend, winemaker Jason Valenti and I always start discussing Gigondas or Chateauneuf Du Pape. Hell, my tasting notes probably come straight from reading Hugh Johnson, or Jancis Robinson’s description of Chateauneuf Du Pape.
Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah were meant to be together-like John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. The grapes are similar in that they can show pepper and tar, but each has a unique fruit profile and different levels of tannin. Grenache has raspberry fruit with lighter color and tannin, while Mourvedre and Syrah are darker and more tannic.
The 2016 CF is a bit more like our 2012 in that it is full-bodied with firm tannins. Our Grenache in 2016 is more structured than in 2015. I think what strikes us about this wine is its complexity and similarity to good southern Rhone wines. It will be very interesting to see this wine progress over the next 6 to 10 years.
38% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, 29% Syrah.
254 cases produced.
Harvested Sept. 20th, 27th, 30th.
TA 5.8 g/l
Vineyard block source - Grenache A, Grenache Alban RG, Syrah 383, Mourvedre Original, Mourvedre Graft.
93 points Wine Spectator