This gentle giant opens with delicate aromas of blackberry, crème de cassis, baking spice, cedar and honeysuckle. It has lively acidity and firm, dusty tannins on the palate with pronounced flavors of ripe black cherry, plum, herbs, vanilla and toasted oak. Age three to five years. Food pairings: traditional roast beef, Peking duck or root vegetable risotto.
Mercury Rising, Cinnabar’s most popular wine, is a Bordeaux-style red cuvée. The varietal blend is fine-tuned with each vintage based on the strength of the individual components and how they contribute to the synergy of aroma, flavor, structure and mouthfeel. Lots are fermented and aged separately, then blended to create a dark, complex and elegant wine.
Individual grape lots are fermented and aged separately in small oak barrels until all of the aromatic, flavor and structural components are fully integrated. After a judicious barrel selection, the very best barrels of each varietal are blended together to create a dark, complex wine that is simultaneously elegant and easy drinking.
Vineyards are chosen for their favorable climate and soils, effective cultural practices, and history of producing quality fruit. In 2013, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and petite sirah grapes were sourced from Paso Robles, Sonoma County (Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley), the Red Hills of Lake County and the Clements Hills above Lodi.