Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
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From our "Front Yard" 100+ year old vines, I can always pick this wine out blind because of its distinctive nose of bay and cardamom.
You'll find concentrated flavors of cassis and boysenberry integrated with our vineyard's signature notes of bay, cardamom, clove and white pepper.
– Tasting Notes by Winemaker Jon Phillips
- Color: medium garnet
- Aromas: blueberry, plum, bakeshop spice, garden soil, bay leaf
- Palate: strawberry, peppercorn, mint, bold tannin, lingering finish
Tasting Notes by Cellar Angels
RegionRussian River Valley
Aging PotentialReady to drink now or lay down for up to 5 years
After teaching wine education for 15 years and learning the ropes at a winery in college, Jon began experimenting in his garage in 1999. Intrigued by the famed regions of Burgundy and the Côtes du Rhône, he produces and sells a boutique portfolio of wine (only 2,000 cases a year!) under his own “Inspiration Vineyards” label.
This wine is unfiltered.
Growing conditions in 2016 were better than average thanks to a solid amount of precipitation during the early winter, followed by an early spring with moderately warm weather consistent throughout the entire growing season. This leant itself to an early harvest and what I would call a "fruit forward" vintage.
Fermentation/Cellaring: open-top fermented for two weeks in macro bins, the wine was then aged 15 months in neutral American oak.
Bottled on January 30th, 2018
Released on March 1st, 2019