2008 Coriol Red Rhone Blend
VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING NOTES
Our ‘Coriol’ red blend, containing 45% Mourvèdre, 25% Petite Sirah, 15% Grenache,
10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault is our signature red- combining the luscious California
fruit and the great tradition of French Rhone blends, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Our Grenache and Syrah are sourced from our prized Rhone-varietal vineyard, Landa
Vineyards, tucked in the shadows of the southeastern mountains that shape the
Sonoma Valley. Our Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault come from the opposite
end of the Sonoma valley where days are cooler and the growing season is longer for
these finicky varietals. These meticulously farmed grapes are a result of the collaboration
of the knowledge and experience from our winemaker, consulting viticulturist, and
quality driven farmers.
This fruit was hand harvested early in the morning to ensure the coldest juice possible
and came into the winery in exceptional condition. We hand sorted, de-stemmed and
the fruit was put into one-ton bins. After native fermentation was completed, we
avoided harsh and green tannins by using a basket press which prevents skins and
seeds from being crushed too hard. The juice then underwent complete malolactic
fermentation. Our finished wine was transferred to French oak barrels, 20% new,
where it aged for 17 months before being bottled.
Our crisp and fresh, this medium- to full-bodied red Rhône blend is dominated in the
nose by rich black fruits and complex coffee aromas. Geranium, cassis, and cherry jam
nuances linger as flavors of plum and blackberry fruit lead to a long finish of
vanilla and silky tannins. Our crisp and fresh ‘Coriol’ Red is an ideal companion for
Varietals: 45% Mourvèdre, 25% Petite Sirah, 15% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5%
Appelation: Sonoma Valley/Sonoma Coast
Vineyards: Landa Estate, Bacigalupi Estate, Annadel Estate
Harvest Dates, Brix, pH, TA:
Mourvedre: 10/15, 25.5, 3.62, 6.7, Petite Sirah: 10/1, 24.3, 3.45, 6.2, Grenache: 10/11.
23.8, 3.72, 5.9, Syrah: 9/27, 25.0, 3.65, 5.8, Cinsault: 10/11, 24.2, 3.50, 5.9
Fermentation Time: Five day cold soak, 12-15 days on skins, Barrel Aging: 17 months
in 100% French Oak, 20% new, Fining: none
486 Cases produced