2009 Estate Mon Amour
Vineyard: Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
Clones: 71% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
and 4% Malbec.
Harvested: October and November 2009
Brix: 24.5 Brix, 14.5% alc. by vol.
Cold Soak: 12 Hours
Barrel Aging: 16 Months in 30% New Francios Freres Barrels
Bottled: Fall 2011
Released: Spring 2012
Garnet is what you get when you squeeze a hand full of red blackberries. Part purple, part black, all flavor. This year we made a very difficult decision to omit the Cabernet Franc from the Blend. It’s sad for Cabernet Franc but great for
Mon Amour because we end up with a much better wine this way. Hey, life is full of hard decisions. Sometimes you reach a point where you have to make one or two. We still have the great plum and pomegranate flavors blended with ripe cherry, cola and slight vanilla. Tannins are noticable but not overpowering and and that same long soft finish leaves you aching for the next sip.