Tempranillo / Petite Sirah / Merlot
93 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Evenfall is a rich, complex wine that is dark and brooding, yet perfectly balanced and elegant. A blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Petite Sirah, and 10% Merlot with extended aging in new oak make this wine a real stunner. The fruit was all hand picked, and fermented in open top bins before being pressed into new French and American oak barrels. After aging on the lees for 6 months, the wine was racked and settled back into barrel where it stayed for a total of 30 months. 72 cases produced.
Black raspberries, candied walnuts, and black currants dominate the nose of this inky, deeply concentrated wine, while subtle hints of cocoa powder, mocha, leather and hazelnut weave their way through. Black Luxardo cherries and berry cobbler expand on the supple and weighted palate, which is loaded with ripe fruit. Massive ripe tannins and penetrating acidity carry through the long finish, accented by a touch of earth and tobacco leaf.
At 3,000 ft. elevation on a mild, almost imperceptible slope in the Antelope Valley, the Swayze Family Vineyard is an ideal site for Tempranillo. The Petite Sirah comes from the Manini Vineyard in Paso Robles, which produces a rich and layered dark berry that adds mid palate and structure to the wine. Smith Family Vineyards, also in Los Angeles County, is the source of the Merlot that brings in softness and floral characteristics.
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