2013 Tres Violet
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Paso Robles
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2013 Tres Violet

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SKU: 2013CTV
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The dry conditions of the 2013 vintage produced a dark and forceful version of our Rhone blend, supplying a rich bouquet of black berry, cocao and leather. Plenty of dark fruit, graphite, and earthy tar upfront combine with hearty tannins that gain depth and magnitude over time. The immense nature of the wine coalesces with subtle french oak from the puncheon aging producing an extremely complex finish.
Vineyard Notes
The 2013 Trés Violet comes completely from the Calcareous Vineyard. The name Calcareous comes from the geological term for calcium carbonate soils, whose presence here cannot be overstated. With soil pH readings above 9 and planted on southwest facing slopes grading near 50%, this site is extremely harsh and naturally supplies yields of less than 2 tons to the acre. These factors combine to produce fruit of uncommon density, fruit, and structural elements.
Winemaker Notes
The Syrah and Grenache undergo similar treatments in the cellar. After being fully destemmed with the skin left intact, the fruit was cold soaked in anaerobic conditions for 3 days. It was then fermented in 3 ton open top concrete tanks. Each tank received 2 daily punch downs, and a delestage every 3rd day to maximize extraction and maintain a moderate temperature. This ferment spent a total of 24 days on skins. The Mourvedre is the last ripener in the vineyard and was fermented in 2 ton stainless tanks, 30% whole cluster. After 15 days, the clusters were broken up by hand to release sugars into the ferments and the stems removed. It then spent another 10 days on skins to complete primary fermentation. The lot was pressed gently and all fractions blended together and rough racked to barrel to minimize loss of lees. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the final blend was put together and allowed to age as a single wine for an additional 24 months with no racking.
Product Reviews
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Kay Rousseau
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(Feb 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM)
This beautifully made blend is great! We enjoy it with many types of food and we love sharing it with friends.

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Paula Romano
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(Mar 15, 2016 at 10:35 AM)
I love all Calcareous wines but this is my favorite. I gave it as a Christmas gift this year to friends and family. They were thrilled. It is simply a beautiful wine.

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Paula Hillseth
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(Aug 9, 2016 at 1:59 PM)
This is my very favorite of all the wines, so rich, deep and just outstanding.

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victoria mahoney
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(Aug 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM)
Simply the Best ! My favorite !

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Michael Downing
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(Aug 30, 2016 at 5:03 PM)
What a great expression of power and beauty in a glass. Classic Rhone flavors generate heady plum and tart cherry that marry well with the upfront blackberry Syrah flavors. But, then the lasting finish drives home the very best elements of this well crafted wine.

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