59% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes: Clearly, this is a complex wine with aeration but at first, it seems so fruit driven, it’s hard not to keep drinking it. In great harmony currently with cassis, cherry, blueberry notes, it is plush, ripe, balanced by refreshing acidity. It shows excellent concentration and viscosity. Despite being aged in oak for almost 3 years, the oak is mainly present in the long finish. Like the last few Mosaiques, this is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc but it tastes more right bank, just a bit riper. This would be the perfect weeknight wine to go with stews, pasta or almost anything grilled.
Surh Cellars wines are the result of an evolutionary process. Since 1992, we have seen the industry change as the barometers of grape growing and winemaking have been influenced by Mother Nature, consumers, critics, and technology. It has been a constant learning process. We have seen the influence of climate change as the coastal areas have become suitable for fruit as the inland areas often have become less hospitable. Over the years we have made many different varietals including but not limited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Chardonnay.
With each vintage comes a set of new challenges. Over time our wines have evolved from rustic to refined, but we have tried to maintain our style with an emphasis on intensity and complexity. For each varietal, we employ a combination of traditional winemaking practices along with new world techniques in order to fully express the vineyard, the vintage, and the grape. For our hillside Cabernets, that may mean a long cold soak, longer fermentation, and then an extended maceration. With our Pinot Noirs, on the other hand, it usually means small fermentors, less vigorous temperature, and very little racking. All of our whites have focus and brightness that comes with layers of acidity.