Neighborhood, 2019 Red Wine Blend 'Swell'
Our 'Swell' is a red wine blend made each year, inspired by the red wine blends famously produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Depending on each harvest and growing season, the exact composition of our blend changes, but it is always built on a foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Each grape variety was fermented and aged separately in small lots before blended together. After 5 days of cold soaking with intermittent punch-downs and pump-overs, we started the fermentation process with a few punch-downs each day. As the fermentation hit its peak activity and highest temperatures, we punched-down up to 4 times each day with additional pump-overs when necessary. As the fermentation finished, so did the actions we performed until completed. Lastly, we drained and pressed the wine into new and once used French oak barrels. Each grape variety was fermented and aged separately in small lots before blended together. This blend was aged for 420 days in 20% new French oak barrel and 80% neutral French oak barrel.
This Merlot-forward vintage is intensely fruity and deep with layers of red and black fruits held together with a grippy graphite-earth core.