2000 Taken From Granite “Elégance”, red blend

13.4% Alc. 36 cases released as Taken From Granite.

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A limited production, “Reserve” level wine (only 360 cases made), using grapes from top-tier vineyard sites exclusively, and then selecting only the best barrels for the blend, in order to achieve the most elegant, refined expression of the Renaissance’s vineyard rugged terroir.

Blend: 26% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 16% Sangiovese, 12% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah.

This is an a-typical “Bordeaux-style Blend” wine for California, being distinctly terroir-driven, with no makeup or embellishment whatsoever.  Now, in 2021, it’s approaching its “full maturity” phase, and still has a hint of unresolved tannins, pointing at the possibility further evolution.   

Note: This wine has been stored in the winery cellar since its inception. That is a dry cellar, and some corks may be brittle and crumbly. Use caution when uncorking, preferably using an ah-so type opener or, even better, a “Durant”  .