2012 Tripartite, California  

This wine offers upfront flavors of brambleberry jam with peppercorn spice, a touch of black olive in the middle, and a finish of lightly toasted oak, dried Italian herbs and hints of black licorice. It possesses a firm grip of medium tannins and fresh acidity that compliments the plush mouthfeel. 

Overview

Tripartite (trí-per-tight) is a proprietary red blend that expresses the synergy of three equal components. In 2012, fruit was selected from Paso Robles and two Sonoma County regions to produce a medium bodied wine with plenty of gusto.

Sunset Ridge Vineyard was planted with five acres of petite sirah circa 2001 on 110R rootstock. Vines are farmed by hand on bilateral trellising with sustainable practices. The site lies in Paso’s Templeton Gap district, a sub-region named after a pass in the coastal range that allows a marine layer to lower overnight temperatures and promote balanced grape acidity. The combined effect of treatment, climate and soil contributes lushness to the finished wines.

Cabernet sauvignon was harvested from Preston Ranch Vineyard at the northern reach of Alexander Valley. The location offers well-drained gravelly soils and clear, warm days tempered by the overnight cooling effect of being located adjacent to the Russian River. Twenty acres of cabernet were planted in 1999, and now yield about five tons per acre of small, intensely flavored berries that result in elegant full-bodied wines with mature tannins.

Planted in 1998 and later trained to bilateral cordons, Del Carlo Vineyard is a five-acre parcel that produces wines with power and grace in Dry Creek Valley. The site offers gravelly alluvial soils and a meso-climate with optimum warmth and dryness for zinfandel. Third-generation grower-winemaker Ray Teldeschi’s acumen and holistic cultural practices have earned him the “Grape Buddha” moniker.

Vintage: 2012

Varietal:
Tripartite

Appellation: California

Vineyards:
Sunset Ridge, Preston Ranch, Del Carlo

Harvest Date(s):
Oct 16 - 24, 2012

Barrel Aging: 23 mos

Cooperage: French oak BBLs (35% new)

Cases Produced: 160 cases

Consume: 3-5 yrs

Release Date:
Jan 2015

Varietal Content:
33.33% petite sirah, 33.33% cabernet sauvignon, 33.33% zinfandel

pH: 3.72

Total Acidity:
0.61mg per 100ml

Finished Alcohol: 14.5%