2015 'Running Bare' Mae's Vineyard Red
Mae’s Vineyard is a LIVE-certified, sustainable site in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, owned and grown to organic standards by Herb Quady, to whom we owe thanks for all of the grapes that we work with in from this region. The vines are 11 years old and thrive in the healthy, volcanic soil full of rich organic material (along with chunks of quartz). This is idyllic, rural wine country, the hills and valleys speckled with small farms here and there, interspersed with winding little rivers and bubbling creeks. The foliage is aromatic with evergreen, eucalyptus, and madrone trees breaking up the pastures and becoming more dense near the tops of the mountains. Ground elevation is about 1,200 - 1,600 feet. So even as the days are hot, the nights always cool off, usually under clear, starry skies in the summer.
Back in 2013, Brianne was very excited to learn that Herb was growing Tannat, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec all side by side, and idea for this fan-favorite, red field blend took shape. The fruit was grown together, picked together, and fermented together – so blending happened in the field. The 2015 Running Bare is composed of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Tannat, and 25% Malbec. Fermented by natural yeasts with 25% whole clusters, the wine went through élevage in French oak, approximately 15% new, for 19 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.