My friend and winemaking partner Sashi Moorman is a devotée of the iconoclast Provençal producer, Domaine de Trévallon. Nestled on the north face of southern France’s Alpilles mountains, Trévallon produces a soulful, rustic blend of equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017 we were presented with a unique opportunity to craft a similar wine. Our good friend and wine club member, Jason Kimmel offered us some wonderful Cabernet Franc from his family’s ranch in Mendocino County’s Potter Valley. We de-stemmed and co-fermented this pristine fruit with whole cluster Syrah from the Rim Rock vineyard in the Arroyo Grande Valley. We layered each variety into the concrete tank, alternating between the Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
With these two tannic varieties, a long élevage - first in barrique then in puncheon - was crucial to resolve the firm tannins into silky, fine-grain tannins that alight on the mid-palate. This is the most proactive approach we have taken in raising a wine. Moving it from smaller to larger vessels to preserve the fruit while resolving the tannin. The nervy nature and dark fruit profile of the Cabernet Franc married with the savage wildness of Syrah makes for quite a striking wine and one you can confidently enjoy now. The name