I think an advantage of having traveled extensively prior to learning to make wine is the exposure both to varieties of wine and styles. I loved learning about field blends when I was in Alsace and other places of France. I loved getting to know Basque style wines as I traveled in Irouleguy and other parts of the Pyrenees. With this in mind, I was very excited to learn that Herb Quady was growing Tannat, Cabernet franc and Côt (Malbec) all side by side in Mae’s Vineyard in the Applegate Valley. I decided to make these three grapes together as a field blend in 2013 and loved the results so have continued to make this wine each year. The fruit was grown together, picked together, and fermented together – so blending happened in the field. 25% of the clusters were whole – the blend in this vintage (it varies from year to year based on the quantity of fruit that the actual vines produce) is approximately 1/2 Cabernet franc, 1/4 Tannat and 1/4 Côt. The wine went through elevage in French oak, approximately 15% was new wood, for 19 months. It was then bottled on April 18, 2017, unfined and unfiltered.
50% Cabernet franc, 25% Malbec, 25% Tannat.