While we traditionally blended a little Syrah into Songs of its Own, it was unnecessary again this year as the Grenache and Mourvèdre had great color and a highly perfumed nose that stood on its own. The aromatics jump out of the glass with notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, and violets, while the palate is silky smooth and echoes the red fruits on the nose with more earthy and meaty tones coming from the Mourvèdre.
The Grenache was picked on September 6th and co-fermented with 3% Cinsault and 50% whole clusters. Once dry, the Grenache was racked to neutral French barrels. The Mourvèdre was picked October 13th and fermented with 100% whole clusters and racked to neutral French oak barrels. After completing malolactic fermentation, the Grenache and Mourvèdre were blended together and aged an additional nine months.