2008 Scaggs Vineyard Mt. Veeder Montage
A blend of classic southern Rhone varietals: mourvedre, grenache , syrah and counoise. They're built around a mid-palate structure that relies on the firmness of mourvedre with the other varietals layering above and below it. Grenache, with its brightness and softness lifts the wine and the palate; mourvedre picks up where grenache leaves off and brings backbone and continuity to the whole; syrah adds spiciness and broadness in counterbalance to the less tannic, lower alcohol counoise. Before bottling the wine is aged in well-seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months.