2018 Cruse Wine Co Alder Tannat

An unconventional wine of sorts, this Californian wine is brightly fruited, yet still tannically Tannat to its core.

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From a relatively young block off a high elevation vineyard planted on a steep slope. The combination of elevation and distance from the coast, creates a cool climate while still having enough hang time to fully ripen Tannat.

A textural feast, with varietally classic round, and ripe tannins. On the nose there is fruit and savoury notes; blackberry, spicy lollies, with a background of coffee and leather. So much length and structure.

Bright fruit meets round tannins; this wine is an enigmatic and unique offering of this divisive varietal.

In 2018, the fruit was picked on September 30th with near perfect maturity. Fruit was fully destemmed into a concrete vat. Fermentation occurred spontaneously after a few days and the grapes were punched down and pumped over for 12 days. Élevage was in used barriques. Malolactic proceeded naturally. The wine was racked once prior to bottling and was sulfured twice, once after primary and again prior to bottling. The wine has not been filtered or fined and has no additions with the exception of the small amount of sulfur used.

90 Points - "The 2018 Tannat Alder Springs shows all of the earthy, savory qualities that are typical of the variety, but in a vibrant, mid-weight style that avoids the rustic qualities often found in the grape. Dark cherry, leather, sage menthol and underbrush are laced together in this super-distinctive red from Michael Cruse." Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

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