Blending in 3D
Is winemaking pretty much the coolest job ever? Kind of.
Yesterday, Varinder and I sat down with Pete Turrone, our trusted consultant, and worked on our 2019 blends. Blending is the process of combining different varietal wines into one seemingly spectacular, better-than-all-of-the-rest wine. The results, for us, netted some crazy good signature blends. What's more - for the first time ever - we'll have some standout vineyard designates when we release these in 2021 (wines that come entirely from one block at one vineyard).
From vine to bottle, wine has always been a great metaphor as it often imitates other aspects of life. Two or more wines come together as a blend. They are all related to each other somehow, yet vastly different in other ways. One adds spice, while the other adds structure. Perhaps one is fruity and the other carries the aromatics. Complexity. Nuance. Balance. Je ne sais quoi. Such is the spice of a multidimensional wine life.
See where I'm going with this? Each and every person in our lives is different from one another, as well. Individually we are one thing, whole and distinctly ourselves. Together, we are something else, something more, strong.
After our blending session, Varinder said to me, "You and I came together and made those wines. And I'm just in awe and have such pride in that." It could not have been this way if it were only one of us and not the other. Push and pull, up and down, rigid and free - we are happy to welcome all of these dimensions to bring the wine to bottle.
And those of you who have been with us, tried our first and second vintages - you have given us so much inspiration to do more and to do it better. The '18s and '19s in barrel are the culmination of that. Stay tuned in early September, when we share the details of what will be coming.
Our shareables this week all have to do with multiple influences coming together to become one extraordinary thing ...
2018 Copia Rosé
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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