As you decant this lovely blend, take in the dark ruby color. This wine requires patience - the more time you give it the more you can appreciate its subtlety. The combination of two big reds has the potential to overpower, but in the right hands (thank you Scott!) it makes for a unique wine experience. Once decanted, pour a few glasses and pass it around. Sit and chat and watch this wine unfold over the course of an evening. The more time you spend with it, the more you will appreciate a depth that is not immediately apparent.
This medium to full bodied blend is still young which makes it a good candidate to lay down for 2-3 years. If you can't wait to give this new blend a try, we suggest decanting it at least ½ hour before serving.
As this blend opens up you may notice aromas of cedar from the American oak Icon barrels, cassis and earthy notes from the Tempranillo, and some nice acidity from the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Tempranillo comes to us from the Rolleri Vineyard in Angels Camp. We source the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rasmussen Vineyard, also in Angels Camp.
Tempranillo is a cornerstone of our lineup. Chuck Hovey had a vision for a Tempranillo-based blend he knew would work – equal parts Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. He wasn’t able to complete this blend himself, but we were. We are proud to release the first vintage of our Founder’s Blend, in Chuck’s honor. True to our mission, we kept his dream alive, making the wine in his unique style. The result is a new, distinctive blend we think Chuck would be proud of.
Food Pairing Notes
Consider serving this wine with a well marbled steak or braised lamb shanks. If you want something complex in flavor but simple to execute, try a hearty lamb stew.