Boysenberry notes, dried oak, light herbs, and spice. Smooth entry with vibrant cherry, cinnamon, tea, and a lean finish. The acidity and light tannins linger on the tongue, it is a bright refreshing vintage.
2019 started with some cold winter weather. The month of February was filled with snow. The soils were wet when spring hit, and growth took off. We didn’t need to irrigate the grapes until July, much later than average. The summer was warm but not overly extreme. The heat units were on pace with some of the hotter vintages, but trailed off as summer came to an end.
Harvest kicked off with our Rose in late August, then the whites in September. Things continued smoothly until we got a cold snap in October. It was all hands-on deck at that point, and we hustled to harvest the rest of the grapes. The Barbera was picked before any frost issues and is showing great characteristics. 2019 will end up being another stellar vintage of wines from Coyote Canyon Vineyard.
We machined harvested the grapes in late September and delivered them to the winery. They were fermented in a one-ton macro bin. After fermentation the wine was pressed off into French and American Oak barrels where it aged for 18 months. I did blend some Merlot into the wine to add some complexity and richness to the wine a few months prior to bottling.