Flowers Perennial Red 2010
Sourced from Sonoma Coast Vineyards including select lots from Flowers' Estate Vineyards high above the True Sonoma Coast. Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully de-stemmed with no crushing. Moderate cold soaks (4-5 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F), and minimal punchdowns (twice a day or less) were done this year in order to wet the caps of the fermentation and introduce air. Total skin contact ranged from 13-16 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on light fermentation lees for ML. Racking was minimal with only one assemblage being done in the spring to allow the blend to "marry" in barrel for a few months before bottling. Fruit aromas such as plums, strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry are at the core of this wine. Jamminess with hints of coffee, mineral and chocolate contribute to a wonderful Perennial aroma. Mouth filling flavors of cranberries and cherry, a smooth texture, followed by a well-balanced tannin and acidity profile. Delicious upon release.