2020 Old Stake
This wine comes from our Old Stake 1901 Vineyard in Lake County’s Kelsey Bench AVA, and is a “Field Blend” of unique Old World varieties, with some vines planted 120 years ago - in the year 1901. The vineyard boasts some of Lake County's oldest vines and is registered with the Historical Vineyard Society.
Mirroring the vineyard, the wine is a treasure trove of pre-Prohibition grape varieties with an emphasis on Zinfandel, Cinsault and Alicante Bouschet. The blend is accented by plantings of Touriga Naçional, Syrah, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Counoise, and a host of other interesting grape varieties. To date we have identified 24, with many rarely found in California’s north coast. The grapes are harvested together and co-fermented in the style of traditional field blends then aged for 8 months in French oak.
Aromas of boysenberry, ripe cherry and violets leap energetically from the glass. The palate presents with ripe Bing Cherry, plum and cardamom. This wine’s flavors are balanced by its medium body and elegant complexity and depth. Flavors of sage and mocha persist on the finish with a note of ripe plum. Can you say “Lake County Châteauneuf du Pape?”
90 pts - Decanter World Wine Awards