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.
The 2005 is one of the richest, most complete vintages of this cuvée. Still very youthful at this stage, it is concentrated, silky, and intensely flavored, with bright acidity and a good deal of tannin lurking behind the fruit. The usual enigmatic aromatic complexity, and great length. Blend: Syrah 47%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 16%, Mourvedre 10%, Viognier 2%.
Limit per order: 1 double-magnum.