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X/XI/XII "TRANSCENDENTALIST" Magnum

Red Blend

X/XI/XII
Wine Specs
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
Aging
20% 2010 - 34 months in neutral French barriques; 65% 2011 - 22 months in 20% new French barriques, 80% neutral French barriques; 15% 2012 - 10 months in 50% new French barriques, 50% neutral French barriques
Fermentation
Fermented in open top fermentors receiving punchdowns and pumpovers as needed
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The ship splintered between the waves. And like that, you were in the water, clutching at broken cargo, trying to hold on. In the moonless night it is impossible to tell sea from sky. You are lost, now without ship. This is your first voyage. As the storm settles, stars begin to shine through, and the pieces of the wreck accumulate in your vision. The smell of pitch, cracked cherry wood, adobo spiced smoke, coffee berry, and blackberry all emerge. The shipment of exotic spice is lost. You dip your hand into the surf and pull out cardamon pods, a bit of rum barrel, peppercorns and a tin box containing a paper wrapped orange spice cake. The sun begins shaking the night, while you cautiously nibble the cake, holding on and waiting.
Vineyard Notes
Larner (Syrah), Laetitia (Les Galets block Syrah), Rancho Arroyo Grande (Syrah & Mourvedre), Bien Nacido (Syrah), Alamo Creek (Grenache), Saarloos (Grenache), Alta Mesa (Mourvedre)
Winemaker Notes
67% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre
Production
23 Barrels Made
Other Notes
Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly below room temperature (60-65F) . Aging potential 8-10 years.