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||48% Grenache, 27% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah|
|Vineyard Designation||Steel Plow Vineyard, Sonoma Valley|
|Soil Profile||Cortina, Los Robles & Yolo – all gravelly loam|
|Wine Notes||Well balanced and beautifully structured, layers of Himalayan blackberry, pipe tobacco, and dried chilies open up slowly to reveal a classic balance of fruit and earth.|
|Specs||pH 3.75 ǀ Acid .49 g/100mL ǀ Alcohol 14.6%|
|Production||250 cases released|
Heavily influenced by the changing nature of each year’s growing season, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre has exceptional stylistic variation each vintage. By contrast to its predecessor, the 2016 Points Unknown is an ode to the old world. Well balanced and beautifully structured, layers of Himalayan blackberry, pipe tobacco, and dried chilies open up slowly to reveal a classic balance of fruit and earth.
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.