2015 Durell Vineyard Casteñada Red Blend

2015 Durell Vineyard Casteñada Red Blend

On the rocky flats of our Durell Vineyard estate, we planted a mixed block of red and white Rhône varietals.  We harvest and ferment this block together, known as a “field blend” for our Adobe patrons. A unique blend of 25% white and 75% red, has a rabid audience.  In 2015 this wine shows off aromas of licorice, spice and sweet dark fruit that wow the senses.  This Durell gem has great tannic structure which enables it to age for some time - if you can wait, that is!

This wine is sold out. The 2016 Casteñada Red Blend will be released Fall 2018. 

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Vintage
The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for
its fourth year. High temperatures started the year, causing early flowering mirroring the previous growing season. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit. The effects of this caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and brought in grapes by August. Overall, the effect of early budbreak and weather was our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great
for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2015
Appellation
Sonoma Valley
Total Acidity
6.4 g/L
pH
3.45
Aging
15 Months in 100% French Oak, 50% New
Fermentation
Open Top Fermenters
Alcohol %
14.5
Production
50 Cases