2018 L'Ange Rouge
L’Ange Rouge, meaning “The Red Angel,” is dedicated to Mac’s grandmother who fittingly had a full head of red hair. This blend is meant to showcase the femininity of Grenache. Alta Mesa Grenache is blended with Grenache from Larner Vineyard showcases the depth of this varietal. Mourvèdre from Alta Mesa provides the balance.
The components of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre were fermented in small open-top bins and concrete tanks, 65% whole clusters included. The wine spent 15-35 days on the skins with a combination of pump-overs and punch downs. Aged 20 months; Grenache in neutral 500-liter puncheons, Syrah and Mourvèdre in 265-liter barriques.
Aromatics: Raspberry purée, wild herbs, crushed rock, smoked spices, salty licorice, dried rose petals, oolong tea, and star anise. Palate: dried cherries, herb liquor, candied orange peel, sweet tobacco, worn leather, and macerated wild strawberries. Ultra-fine yet firm tannins, and sweet and savory finish.
93 points, Vinous