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Tessitura 2011

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Our Bordeaux-style blend Tessitura, Italian for texture, makes use of the wide range of flavors and styles of wine produced from our estate vineyards. The carefully chosen lots were deftly entwined for richness and complex layers of flavor.

Fruit was harvested from select estate vineyards in a handful of renowned appellations. With their distinct terroirs, each of these appellations constitutes a singular thread that the winemaker has woven together to craft a finished wine that is far more than the sum of its parts.

The mild 2011 vintage allowed for a long hang time, resulting in evenly ripe, complex flavors in the berries. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness late September to late October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 30% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.

Displaying a deep, ruby-black hue in the glass, this wine presents a multifaceted array of aromas, leading with ripe red raspberry, succulent red currant and mountain blueberry, interwoven with spicy hints of ground clove, sweet sage and cinnamon stick. The palate is plush and mouthfilling, entering with flavors of juicy black plum and blackberrry pie, followed by hints of briar, black olive and smoked meats that are balanced by bright acidity and silky tannins through the lengthy finish.

This brilliantly complex wine would be best served alongside a rich, savory dish, such as braised pork belly with creamy grits, or a duck confit salad. Additionally, this wine would partner beautifully with decadent Camembert for an elegant and enjoyable cheese course.

  • Varietal
  • 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation
  • Napa Valley
  • Alcohol
  • 13..5%
  • Released
  • February 2014
  • Aging Potential
  • 7 Years

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