2012 Tournesol Proprietary Red Wine, Coombsville
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: Opulent garnet color with a dense core. The lush fruit aromas of blackberry, black currant, and plum leap out of the glass with floral notes of violets, lavender, and fresh herbs. The fragrant aromatics are matched by the intense full bodied mouthfeel and firm finish. Peppered fruit and savory umami flavors of this Bordeaux style blend contribute complexity and roundness. Tournesol 2012 Proprietor’s Blend is clearly the result of a truly extraordinary vintage. The wine will continue to develop in depth and length over the next decade.
WINEGROWING INFORMATION: Every vintage is a reflection of the characteristics of the vines grown at our Estate in interaction with the unique weather conditions that frame every growing season. 2012 was a spectacular vintage at Tournesol as Mother Nature smiled on us with exceptional growing conditions. Rainfall was above average during the winter months and the spring was relatively wet with moisture persisting into May. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days followed by cool and often foggy nights during the summer which allowed for longer hang time. Light rains held off until late October after the wine grapes had reached optimal ripeness and balance.
Harvest of the Merlot and Malbec grapes began on October 4th and the grapes were immediately taken to the winery and were destemmed into small, open-top microvinification bins where the juices and skins fermented and macerated between 16 and 35 days, dependent on variety and vineyard location. Each bin received punch-down treatments and was monitored daily by winemaker Ken Bernards.
When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into small, thin-staved new French oak barrels selected from an array of forests with various toast levels for up to 21 months with the individual wine lots kept separate. After several blending trials over the course of a year, a single, signature wine was created that is a natural expression of the Tournesol estate vineyards.
Proprietors Bob and Anne Arns' original concept in planting the vineyard was to create a mosaic of several Bordeaux red varieties that could be fashioned into an individual proprietary wine. Each year, the Proprietor's Blend is a unique, elegant wine that represents the best combination of grape varieties from the individual vineyard blocks.
Grape Source: Tournesol Estate Vineyards
Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot
Appellation: Coombsville AVA
Production: 700 cases
Release Date: October 2016