Region: Mendocino, California, USA
This Tannat is from the impeccably farmed Alder Springs vineyard in the town of Laytonville in Mendocino County. This block is quite young, but planted at high elevation of 2,300 ft on a steep, southern slope of decomposed sandstone. The combination of elevation and distance from the coast creates a cool climate with enough hang time to fully ripen Tannat. The final wine is surprisingly fun and juicy; a novel take on the variety. The nose is lively, fruity, and lifted. The palate is amazingly fresh with grape and crushed blackberry notes. The finish has just enough tannin to add serious structure to a highly captivating wine.