2018 Walson Holland Mélange Rouge
54% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 9% Graciano, 6% Petite Sirah, 6% Viognier
Raised 22 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 35% new oak. Unfined and Unfiltered. 400 cases produced.
The 2018 Mélange Rouge is a wine of intense perfumed aromatics that leap from the glass. Blackberry compote, dark chocolate, kirsch liqueur and toasted vanilla seamlessly integrate with a savory character of cured meats, black pepper and iodine. The wine is beautifully textured on the palate with ample round and supple tannins that are balanced by mouth-watering acidity.
Acid: 6.5 g/L
Bottled: August 29, 2020
Slide Hill Vineyard (Edna Valley AVA), Rancho Boa Vista Vineyard (Ballard Canyon AVA), Zaca Mesa Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley AVA), Tommy Town Thoroughbred Vineyard (Happy Canyon), Martian Ranch Vineyard (Alisos Canyon AVA), and Jack McGinley (Happy Canyon AVA)
Pale to medium garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Melange Rouge has a profound nose of red and black cherries, violets, and dark chocolate with underlying licorice, Sichuan pepper, smoked meats, and tar. The medium to full-bodied palate is lively and vibrant - pop-rocks in your mouth - with lots of texture interest combining plush and chewy, and bright and lifted fruit leading to a peppery finish. The blend is 54% Syrah (from Slide Hill and Rancho Boa Vista vineyards, to blend warmer and cooler climate Syrah), 25% Grenache (from Slide Hill and Zaca Mesa vineyards, again for the warm and cool climate), 9% Graciano (Martian Ranch), 6% Petite Sirah (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds - Happy Canyon), and 6% Viognier (Jack McGinley). The wine was fermented with 40% whole clusters, mainly on the Syrah, and spent 21 months in barrel, 35% new.