2013 Pendulum (Syrah + Grenache Blend)

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2013 Pendulum (Syrah + Grenache Blend)

35.00

The wine blasts from the glass initially showing rich notes of fresh currant and jammy fresh blue fruit. Classic oak notes indicative of fine Rhone wines present themselves as cedar and baked pie crust. The herbal tones are well integrated and akin to Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Tobacco leaf and humidor nuances round out a complex nose. Powerful aromas include herbs, black plums and black cherries, fennel and tobacco. The texture in the mouth is dense, filling yet balanced, showing ultra-soft tannins and good acidity. The wine finishes long, with lingering notes of toasty French oak and dark, ripe fruit. We love the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and are thrilled at how our 2013 Pendulum blend reminds us of the best we’ve had from the region. 

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Our Pendulum blend is made from Grenache and Syrah grapes sourced from our cherished Rhone growers. Le Mistral Vineyard has long been a favorite of ours. An organically farmed, sandy vineyard in the rugged heart of the Salinas Valley, Le Mistral’s gusty winds naturally create Syrah berries with tough, color-laden skins that bring the depth and strength to our Pendulum blend. The Grenache comes from Alta Loma Vineyard, a biodynamic vineyard in one of the coolest areas of Monterey County. True expression of Grenache is rarely found in Monterey County, but we love the bright, fresh fruit and tobacco notes that are invariably found within the fruit from this impeccably farmed vineyard. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and de-stemmed upon receiving at the winery. The fruit was hand sorted and gently crushed prior to three days of cold soaking in small ¦ ton bins. The Grenache portion is completely natural, with no additions, and no commercial yeast used. For our Syrah, fermentation was allowed to start spontaneously before we micro-inoculated each bin with our favorite yeast strain. We punched down aggressively, three times daily for the duration of fermentation to extract all of what each vineyard had to offer. When fully dry, the wine was drained and the must was basket pressed to 100% French Oak barrels and puncheons to begin 20 months of barrel aging.