The 2016 vintage produced another classic wine from the Coastlands Vineyard. The unique terroir is located on the coast in a small region above the town of Occidental. […]Read More
|Barrel Description||60% new, 40% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The 2016 vintage produced another classic wine from the Coastlands Vineyard. The unique terroir is located on the coast in a small region above the town of Occidental. Surrounded by redwood trees, these vines have one of the best views of the Pacific. Power-packed with aromas of tobacco, peat, and tree bark, the wine livens with hints of dark cherry and pomegranate. Due to the cool coastal weather, the berries are typically very small and often produce only a tiny amount of juice. Thus, the skin-to-juice ratios are high, giving this wine intense color and extract. The acid profile keeps the wine lively, fresh, and perfectly balanced. The texture is a bombshell and completely stains the palate. Don’t miss this one!
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.