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2016 Durell Vineyard Casteñada Red

The Casteñada Red often marks the end of our harvest season as its varietals are usually the last to be picked. Since this wine is a field blend, we have more than 6 different varietals that go into the fermentor at the same time (~25% of which are white grapes).  On the palate you'll find velvety tannins, mouth-coating violet, and black currant with a lingering finish. 2016 was unique as white grape yields were slightly higher, lending beautiful aromatics on the nose. This wine holds a very special place in our hearts as it honors our tasting room, the Adobe, and the rich history of Sonoma in how it is farmed, crafted, and bottled.

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2016 was a relatively smooth year that unfolded at a steady pace and with mild temperatures. While we didn’t have many exceptionally hot days, it was one of the earlier harvests on our record. Flowering and fruit set beautifully and yields were above normal, which was a nice change from previous years. We harvested our first grapes in mid-August, and had picked about 25% of our Pinot Noir and then a sudden cool spell arrived. This allowed cooler climate vineyards that had yet to be harvested to remain on the vine longer and develop deep and expressive flavors. The berries were smaller and heartier than normal which resulted in great depth of color and structure. We are extremely excited by the 2016s - they are something special! Pretty, expressive, and pleasurable.
Gravelly, clay loam
Total Acidity
6.6 g/L
15 months/100% French Oak, 60% new
14 days/open top fermenters
Alcohol %
180 cases