2019 Loomis Estate 'Ember' Red Wine, Napa Valley, California (750ml)

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Established by Jeff Loomis in 2000, Loomis Estate Vineyards produces estate grown Rhône-style wines in the Napa Valley. Jeff’s love of Rhône wines began when he was a young student, studying abroad and cutting class to bike to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to score the jug wine that would eventually change his life. Those adventures inspired his dream to make similar wines in California. When Jeff purchased his majestic 60-acre mountain property, he was warned against planting Rhône varietals in the heart of Cabernet country. Despite the opposition, he pushed forward, planting multiple clones of Syrah and Grenache Noir, along with some Mourvèdre, Counoise, Grenache Blanc and Viognier; all while telling the naysayers: “It will be great wine or great salad dressing—and we are going to find out which one”. This idyllic estate currently has seven acres under vine. Each plot was planted for its unique terroir, sun exposure and varietal-specific soil conditions. The parcels are situated on steeply sloped hillsides overlooking green valleys, forests of native oaks, a herd of Black Angus cows, horses, sheep, chickens and even a pair of black swans.

Winemaking is led by Michael Andrews. With almost 20 years of winemaking experience in the Napa Valley, Michael takes a natural approach, following organic and biodynamic farming practices in the vineyard and employing classic, minimalist, small-lot production techniques throughout the winemaking process. The 2019 Ember is a blend of 43% Grenache Noir, 30% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre, aged for 19 months in 100% French oak.

Burgundy robe. Aromas of ripe dark fruits and dried brush. The palate shows flavors of dried black plums, stewed blackberries, bramble fruit and baking spices. Nicely balanced acid through the finish, which shows a hint of peppery spice and firm tannins. 170 cases produced.

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