Points Unknown, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, is aptly named for its hybrid style that melds both old-world and new-world traits as well as underscores our blending process, which originates in the field.
|Blend||41% Grenache, 36% Mourvèdre, 23% Syrah|
|Vineyard Designation||Steel Plow Vineyard, Sonoma Valley|
|Soil Profile||Cortina, Los Robles & Yolo – all gravelly loam|
|Wine Notes||An elegant alchemy of seeming contradictions: delicate and fresh yet earthy and savory, full-bodied yet ethereal. Lifted aromas of wild raspberry, white pepper and mountain violets. Flavors of black cherry, candied red fruit with undertones of oiled leather and fresh nutmeg spice.|
|Specs||pH 3.75 ǀ Acid .48 g/100mL ǀ Alcohol 14.6%|
|Production||170 cases released|
This field blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah is an elegant alchemy of seeming contradictions: delicate and fresh yet earthy and savory, full-bodied yet ethereal. Deep and ruby-hued, this wine opens with lifted aromas of wild raspberry, ground white pepper and fresh mountain violets. A soft and full entry beckons flavors of black cherry and candied red fruit interspersed with coy undertones of oiled leather. Medium tannins and bright acidity support a long, structured finish accented with fresh nutmeg spice. This wine is enchanting now, and will age elegantly for 10 years.
Sourced primarily from Steel Plow Vineyard at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, this vineyard boasts three distinct soil types — Cortina, Los Robles and Yolo — each composed of gravelly loam. A variety of drought-resistant French, Italian and American rootstocks support deficit-irrigation and organic farming practices. The clones originated from the budwood of Rhône Valley’s celebrated Chateau Beaucastel, arriving at Steel Plow Vineyard via Tablas Creek Nursery. Due to rain during bloom, an early start to harvest and other factors from Mother Nature, the 2015 vintage brought small yields and highly-concentrated wines with impressive phenolic power.
Harvested by hand in the cool morning hours, the selected six blocks were hand-sorted to a single tank and co-fermented on skins for three weeks. The wine then aged 14 months in thin-stave, French oak barrels (45% new, 55% used) from Boutes Grand Reserve and Baron Premium cooperages, prior to aging one year in bottle.