2020 Block Five 750ml
The 2020 BLOCK FIVE announces itself from the glass with vibrant dark fruit, anise, black fig, olive, saddle leather, and hints of slate rock, cement and toasted oak. Juicy bright fruits on the palate brim with energy and a zippy acid that carries the wine forward. Its solid structure builds with tannin and notes of tobacco, allspice and black tea overlaying black fruits that lead into a long bold finish.
The grapes for this wine were hand selected in the vineyard when they were harvested from a single block on September 25 and then hand sorted twice in the winery to make sure only the best reached the fermentation tank. Once in the tank, the grapes sat cold a few days developing color, flavor and aroma before starting to ferment. The tank was gently punched down and pumped over for 16 days to carefully extract all of the color, aroma and flavor from the grapes. The juice was then drained and skins pressed before being filled into barrels. The wine finished a native malolactic fermentation in the barrels in about two months and was aged for 21 months in small French oak barrels (14% new) and bottled in July 2022.