Our newest show pony is Accoutrements, a Paso Robles red blend. Accoutrements was a revelatory, lightning-in-bottle moment. While blending some of our most popular wines, we had a cellar epiphany: our unsung heroes, our blending varietals, consistently impress, and deserve their own center-stage showcase. I said to Adrian, “We should make wine with these unsung heroes, these accoutrements. What should we call it?” Adrian replied, “That’s it! It’s Accoutrements!” The result is a mineral-driven, juicy, exotic wine that we are glad to present.
Components were destemmed and fermented separately in stainless steel and small, open-top bins, spending between 20-25 days on the skins, with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs during cold soak and fermentation. Aged 20 months in neutral 265 & 228-liter French oak barriques.
Pomegranate syrup, elderberry compote, currant, fresh black mission fig, creosote, and menthol. The palate is intensely fresh and vibrant, unexpectedly seamless, polished, cohesive, and generous given the strong personalities of these polarizing varietals.