A leathery nose with notes of crushed rocks and plum balance the
dense rich fruit which fills the mid-palate. Cranberry and
pomegranate flavors lurk around the edges of the long and soft
finish. Hints of acidity and young tannins keep this wine balanced
The Tempranillo grapes were grown at the Diamond Mine Vineyard
site on our ranch. The site is named for the "Lake County
Diamonds," small volcanic-made pieces of quartz that litter the
ground and glimmer in the sunlight. The vineyard sits at 1,700 ft.
elevation and is surrounded by an untouched landscape. It is
naturally farmed meaning we use no pesticides and no herbicides. We
also use a no-till approach to managing the vineyard floor with the
goal of minimum input. Sheep graze in the vineyards helping us
compost the permanent cover crop.
The berries were gently crushed prior to cold-soaking for four
days at 60°F. The must fermented for 12 days with pump-overs twice
a day. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine aged in 100%
new French oak barrels for 24 months. Malolactic fermentation took
place in the barrels.
Wine and Food Pairing
This wine is the perfect companion to meat from Six Sigma Ranch
and a date night. It pairs well with all things lamb and any fatty
cuts of pork, such as belly and bacon. For a twist try Manchego
cheese infused polenta.
Release date: October 2015. Blend:
100% Tempranillo. Appellation: 100%
Lake County, grown at Six Sigma Ranch.
TA (g/100 ml): .
Aging: 24 months in new French
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