2019 Cuvée Foudre

2019 Cuvée Foudre
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VARIETAL/VINEYARD: Cuvée Foudre comes from three of our finest  vineyard blocks: Alban clone Grenache, Tablas Creek clone Mourvedre,  and Syrah clones 174/ 877, all planted in 1998 on the winery parcel.  These have proven to be our most Rhône-like vineyard blocks. We  aggressively reduce the crop during the growing season to facilitate the  concentration of aromas, flavors, and structure. All of our vineyards are  farmed organically. 

VINTAGE: Heavy rainfall in February allowed us to essentially “dry farm”  our vines in 2019. The summer growing season was warm, but moderate,  which allowed for superior flavor and tannin development—as  evidenced by slightly later-than-normal harvest dates; from the 26th of  September to the 13th of October. This is especially evident in our ’19  Grenache and Mourvedre, which are particularly strong. Combined with  our strict crop-thinning protocol, 2019 will definitely go down as a great  vintage for Dry Creek Valley reds. 

WINEMAKING: Over the years we have learned that to make a full bodied and complex Grenache-based red, you need to maintain low  yields and harvest Grenache at the late stages of ripeness. The 2019 CF is  a return to a blend that is more evenly split between GR, MV, and SY,  thanks to a particularly strong Mourvedre. All of these lots were  fermented in either small open-top or concrete tanks. We age this wine  in a 620-gallon large oak cask the French call a “foudre”. We prefer  large casks for our Grenache blends because they preserve the primary  fruit character, without imparting oak. 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah.

STYLE/DESCRIPTION: Cuvée Foudre is our attempt at making a Rhône blend worthy of the best Châteauneuf- du- Papes. Not surprisingly, it has  been our most critically-acclaimed wine. In 2019, our Grenache, and  especially Mourvedre play a starring role in making this a more French like wine—both in complexity and tannin structure. Intense fruit and  pepper lead to a firm and serious version of a Rhône blend. Is the ‘19 our  best CF? You can decide. I would include it in the conversation. And yes,  this wine will age well over the next 6 to 10 years. - MU

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