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2015 'Portolan' GSM

Guide friends on a blind tasting of the 2015 Portolan. Show no label; tender no preconceived notions; serve no hype of any kind.   The Appearance (a deep garnet that tapers into brick at the edges).  The Nose (lavender, rose petals, black pepper, and thyme).  The Palate (layers of blackberries, loganberries, and figs; accents of red currants, dried cranberries, and seasoned mesquite).  The Tannins (supple, pliant, limber).  The Finish (rounded, full, sumptuous, lengthy).   The Reveal (a beguiled panel of guests, their sensory perceptions having been put to the test, and the true character of the wine unveiled).

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Winemaker Notes
Portolan is our Winemaker Wildcard wine. We hand pick the best barrels of the Rhone varieties from the vintage and put something special together. For the 2015 vintage our Portolan is 86% Syrah, 7% Grenache, and 7% Mourvedre from our Estate Vineyard in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles.We age this wine for 19 months in 25% new French Oak and 25% new Hungarian oak and bottle age for over a year before release.
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Red Rhone Blend
Acid
.58
pH
3.96
Aging
Enjoy now or cellar through 2026
Fermentation
100% Malolactic Fermentation
Residual Sugar
.06
Alcohol %
15.20