Blend: 38% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooperage: Aged for 9 months in 20% 2-3 yr old French oak & balance of neutral French & American oak barrels
Harvest Date: 10/7-10/26/2017
Harvest Brix: 22.0°-24.0°
Total Acidity: 5.8g/L
Bottling Date: 8/21/2018
Cases Produced: 1,688
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
True to the 2017 vintage, the latest blend of MC² is a juicy wine with aromas of blackberries and warmed blueberries that push notes of plum to the front and center of the palate. The suggestion of red currant and bay leaf play on the finish with a hint of fresh tobacco on the tip of the tongue. Pair this with Mediterranean fish dishes prepared with olives, mushrooms and herbs, pasta dishes, or crepes filled with ricotta cheese and fruit compote.
Drink Window: Drink now through 2023+
Serving Temp.: 60-65°f
Winter in 2017 was again unexpectedly, and a little nervewrackingly, mild (we kept waiting for the other shoe to drop). After the drought of 2016 I think we all welcomed the rains of early spring 2017 but when the wet continued into late spring… then early summer… then mid-summer… enough was enough. Just when everyone felt that all was lost mid-July dried right up, temperatures soared, and we were finally blessed with Summer with a capital “S”. The vines went wild! In October -mid-harvest- it still felt like high summer. Harvest just kept going and going with everyone reporting larger than normal yields and I think we were all a little more than pleasantly surprised by the truly astonishing qualities we were finding. Look to whites from 2017 to be vibrantly expressive and reds to be stately and sophisticated.
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