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Drink now through 2017.
With the cooler growing season of 2010, the delayed harvest allowed longer hang times, resulting in expressive fruit and the classic combination of viscosity and “nerve” (the French word for crisp natural fruit acidity). After three years of drought conditions, the El Nino weather pattern returned effectively raising the Pacific Ocean temperatures and promoting an uplift of moisture into the upper atmosphere. The 2010 harvest broke from the year’s proceeding drought riddled harvests with vineyards being graced with above average rainfall, approaching as much as 40 inches in parts. The unique microclimate in the mountainous vineyards allowed for well-balanced and vibrant acidity for our Version Red 2010 Vintage.
Dominated by the mildly gamey personality of Mourvedre the wine is an authentic representation of its unique Westside Paso Robles terroir with its backbone of minerality and ripe fruit flavors. Medium bodied it adds weight and intensity within a few seconds on your palate, showing a compote of dark berries overlaid with a complex North African spice bazaar of cumin and coriander and an exotic element of sagebrush. Destined to improve with age, Version Red is drinking well already and can be cellared through 2017.