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2012 Cuvée Alis, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District

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2012 Cuvée Alis, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District
Varietal: 58% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Amapola Creek Estate Vineyard, CCOF
Brix: 24.3°
TA at harvest: 6.4g/L
pH at harvest: 3.3
Harvest Dates: October 10-19, 2012
Barrel Aging: 21 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.5% by Volume
Winemaster: Richard Arrowood
Production: 205 cases

The Vineyard

Our Grenache and Syrah are organically grown on a small parcel of land located 900 feet above Sonoma Valley on a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. Bobcat Run takes its name from a large resident feline that treats us to an occasional sighting. This block is part of our 100-acre ranch, which borders and shares red, iron-oxide volcanic soils with our neighbor, the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyard, a source of superb wines for well over a century. A site ideally suited for growing Syrah and Grenache, Bobcat Run lies in a fairly cool hollow open to the southwest, and its rows run north/south for good sun and warmth without excessive exposure.

The Vintage

In 2012 we were fortunate to have had a grand, bountiful harvest. The growing conditions could be described as perfect. The weather was as good as one could wish for. The growing season began early, with a warm, dry spring, and the weather stayed absolutely beautiful all the way through harvest. The quality and quantity of the fruit were exceptional. We handpicked these grapes October 10 through 19, 2012.

Tasting Notes

This wine opens in the style of the great Rhône wines of France that are made from the same varieties; subtle at the start, with a slow build towards an exquisite display of aromatics. At the front of the nose you will notice a gentle note of brown sugar and berry compote, with a very subtle hint of cedar and baking spice. Take a few moments with the glass, and you will see the aromatic profile begin to develop dramatically, with notes of charcuterie and big, bold, ripe summer blackberries. Take a sip, and you will find dark black cherries and an elegant character of sassafras, wrapped up in a dark, round body of silky tannins. Note the depth of the fruit character on the palate; this is a multifaceted wine that redefines itself again and again over the course of a glass.

 This blend is named for Richard’s wife and co-proprietor, Alis Demers Arrowood, the true love of his life.