Westside Paso Robles
22 months in 43% neutral French barriques, 30% nuetral French puncheons, 20% second fill French barriques and 7% new French barriques
As the light is stripped softly from the bookcases, heavy curtains and sullen marble floors of this country manor, your host is likely to pour you a nightcap from some inky carafe. You are met with a rich perfume of brandied cherry, Ceylon tea, fresh plum, nutmeg shard and black chocolate. A final cup of fine ground coffee is served. The sunken glass of the windows waxes to obsidian, and a prick begins worming in your mind: this place has magic. The sense comes quickly and carries with it a taste of old growth forest, burnt cinnamon, tiny sweet strawberries, creek fresh mint and fog. Now in comfortable repose in your room, you notice the creep of long shadows. It is hours till dawn, and the sheets will make a poor shield from the darkness to come.
40% Grenache (362 and 136 clones) from Alta Colina Vineyard, 30% Grenache (Alban and Tablas clones) from Derby Westside, 25% Grenache (Noir clone) from Pipestone Vineyard and 5% Mourvedre (clone 369) from Alta Colina Vineyard.
Decant for two hours, serve slightly below room temperature. Aging potential 8-10 years.