Between 2000-2010 we farmed a few acres of vines, which were leased to us by Renaissance Vineyards, a local winery where I made wine for over 15 years. These vineyards originally covered 365 acres of steeply sloping contoured terraces, creating a breath-taking panorama, and offering an incredible range of soil and microclimate combinations, plus 700 ft. of elevation drop from the top to the bottom of the vineyard and all possible exposures… It was possible to successfully farm there, nearly side by side, an astonishing spectrum of grape varieties, traditionally associated with entirely different growing regions. This was the origin of a number of our wines: Carte Blanche, Tickled Pink, Heart of Stone, Cuveé Mysterieuse, and Black Pearl.
2001 was a classic vintage for reds in our area: they all shared inky colors, immense concentration, and a special spicy note across the board. The Black Pearl is no exception to the rule. And then it has its usual dense fruit cocktail and velvety texture added to the mix. This is an impressive wine, with exceptional intensity, complexity, and further aging potential. Varietal blend: Syrah 23%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Malbec 15%, Petit Verdot 10%.
Limit per order: 2 bottles.