Our 2013 Steelhead Red is a statement to the art of blending and our belief that "the sum is greater than its parts". On the nose, ripe dark cherry, plum, and blackberry aromas are accented by the slightest kiss of toasty oak and complex earthy notes. Once the wine gets some air and opens up, a solid core of fresh fruit is also clearly evident. On the palate, the wine is rich, round, and pleasant from beginning to end. Balanced acid and very fine tannins provide just a touch of youthful grip in the long, lingering aftertaste.
Classic old world and new world winemaking techniques were utilized with fermentation in open and closed tanks. Lots were individually fermented to add unique characteristics to the blend. The wine is then aged for 12 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels.
Blend: 43% Zinfandel, 22% Syrah, 13% Carignane, 9% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah
Released: May, 2015