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The Tribe is a small production, non-traditional blend, differing each year, and designed to showcase the best barrels from our cellar. A challenging 2011 vintage with record April frosts and a cool summer gave us low yields and expanded our sourcing beyond the boundaries of our west Paso Robles Estate vineyards.
Five Rhône varieties make up this year’s blend with a small amount of Cabernet Franc to represent the Bordeaux family. Still exhibiting a reticent, youthful personality, the wine is strongly influenced by low yield Carignan, where it contributes grip and black fruit concentration.
This year’s “Tribe” tacks leeward toward the 5th taste, umami, with a focus on savory sensations. Open and aerate for a couple of hours for current drinking. At its best in two to three years, the Tribe blend can be cellared thru 2018.
AVA: Central Coast
Vineyards: Adelaida Estate Vineyards & neighboring
Central Coast Vineyards
COOPERAGE & DATA
Barrel aged 22 months in 100% French oak; 50% New
Harvest dates: 9/26/11 thru 11/10/11
Varieties: Carignane 33%, Grenache Noir 18%, Petite Sirah 16%,
Mourvedre 16%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Syrah 8%
Release date: February 2014
CA suggested retail: $40