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2018 Cuvee 1853
2018 Cuvee 1853

Carignan is quickly becoming one of our favorite Rhone reds in Texas. It it similar to Grenache, in that it can do anything. Rosé, light and fruity reds, and more structured serious reds. It is different from Grenache in that it does offer more earth, minerality, and darker fruit notes, however, and these can prove to add a lot of interest and complexity to even a simple blend. Here we have blended in Syrah (possibly Carignan’s soulmate) and added a hint of Cab Sauv for body.

Note that it is unfined, and vegan.

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Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Texas High Plains
TA: 6.6
14 months American Oak—2nd use
Bins w/manual punch downs
Alcohol %

Wine Profile

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2018 Cuvee is complex with notes of black cherries and blackberries, bramble, spice, coffee, and a stony minerality. Medium bodied with savory earth, leather, cedar notes and a long cocoa finish.
Vineyard Notes
Appellation: Texas High Plains, Vineyard: La Pradera, Lahey, and Newsom, Elevation: 3,300 ft—3600ft., Soil Type: Red Sandy Loam over Caliche
Winemaker Notes
Composition: 70% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 5% Cab Sauv
Food Pairing Notes
Anything from meaty red fishes to chicken, pork, and red meats and stews.