Drink now through 2020
As a vintage, 2012 represents a return to classic warm conditions following two years of above average rainfall and a particularly cool 2011. Higher vine yields resulted and midyear pruning was required to control the vigor. Incoming fruit was de-stemmed, allowed a short ambient soak, and fermented on native yeast in jacketed tanks with twice daily punch downs. Each variety was handled separately, aged 19 months, 2/3rds in new French oak puncheons.
Adelaida’s interpretation of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style Rhône blend, it incorporates five varieties with Mourvèdre contributing a dark berry character, distinctive wild underbrush, dried herbs, and meaty quality. Grenache lifts the blend with sweet berry warmth and its density and structure come from the syrah. Drink now through 2018.