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Dark purple hues are matched by an immensely perfumed nose. Dried ripe
cranberry and currants pair with Italian spice notes to produce an enticing upfront
palate. Rich full tannins create a beautiful weight in the mid-palate that builds to a full
yet succinct finish. This wine will age and develop character over the next 10-14 years.
Wines of this magnitude require size and richness in their pairings and I would reach to
the grill and serve with a classic west coast burger topped with bacon, avocado and
smoked gouda on a brioche bun.
The 2018 Messer comes from Estate blocks 3 and 5. These are as
close to “flat” as our property gets, offering richer topsoil then
our chalkier blocks. This gives a bit more nutrients for vigorous
growth and ample canopy to ripen these thick skinned and rich
tannic Bordeaux varietals. 2018 was an ideal vintage, perfectly
pairing the warm days and cool nights here at Calcareous, to
produce richness of fruit balanced by structural integrity.
The Cab Franc and Malbec were picked a couple weeks apart, thus fermented separately.
Hand picked clusters were destemmed without crushing and transferred to 4 ton open top concrete tanks. A mix of pump over and delestage gently extracted the juice from the berries and the lots were pressed after 12-15 days on skins. The combined free run and press wine was allowed to settle for 48 hours then transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 22 months of aging.