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2020 Cuvee 1853
2020 Cuvee 1853

This is our fourth vintage of the Cuvée 1853. It’s main intent is to be a food friendly wine, so the blending is fairly open. This year we aimed to create a Rhone-ish blend (Alicante Bouschet is grown in the Languedoc and other regions but not considered Rhone). We experimented with cofermenting the Alicante and Cinsault in the 2020 vintage. This balanced the sugar and acids of the two varieties which came in the same day but with very different chemistries. We really liked the result - Alicante is a big intense grape while Cinsault can be very light and delicate. We used Syrah to add interest and intensity, and Mourvèdre to add body. Using French, American, and European oak added some aromatic and textural interest. We hope you agree!

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Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Texas High Plains
Vineyard Designation
Lahey Vineyards, Warren Vineyards
TA: 5.0
15 Months French, European & American Oak
Combination bin and tank
Alcohol %

Wine Profile

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine has a lovely nose of dark chocolate, black cherries, all spice, and forest floor with hints of dried herbs. The palate is juicy with ripe fruit and chocolate covered cherries. This medium bodied wine has low tannins and is easy drinking with or without food. Enjoy this wine now or cellar through 2028.
Vineyard Notes
Appellation: Texas High Plains, Vineyard: Desert Willow, Lahey, Elevation: 3,300 ft-3600ft, Soil Type: Red Sandy Loam over Caliche, Eolian Soil
Winemaker Notes
Composition: 49% Cinsault, 28% Alicante Bouschet, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre
Food Pairing Notes
The Cuvée would be amazing with mushroom dishes, pate, and any cheese or charcuterie boards.