2018 August Red
This Rhône Red blend honors family while celebrating a bright and bountiful season. Both my father and grandfather, August, inspired us to share the best of what we have with family and friends. The month of August is also a time of harvest when we gather to share the fruits of the land.
August Red is made from a selection of the finest Syrah and Grenache blocks in the Folded Hills vineyards, each meticulously farmed by grower Ruben Solorzano. After harvest, the fruit is carefully de-stemmed. In order to add another layer of spice and structure, a large portion of whole cluster is retained. All fermentation happens naturally with ambient yeast, and the fruit is foot-tread throughout fermentation. To preserve freshness and vibrancy, the wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. We include just 2% new oak to enhance the texture and depth of the wine.
With dusty, and spiced aromatics showcasing a mix of red and black fruits, the August Red picks up flavors of black tea, exotic perfumes, and smoke as it moves into the palate. With lightly tactile tannin and lingering acidity, this Syrah-Grenache blend offers plenty of flavor through a nimble frame.
94 pts - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92 pts - Wine Enthusiast