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Special Release Sonoma Coast Mencía

Winemaker’s Notes

Planted in a favored position at the very top of the slope of our MacIntyre Estate, this intriguing hyper-local Iberian grape variety produces a unique expression of medium-bodied, broadly textured red wine. The grapes themselves are firm and plump with snappy skins and real chew, and their aromas and flavors evoke lifted floral elements of Pinot Noir with darker spicy tones of Syrah, and even a wild brambly note of Zinfandel. In our sandy soil and foggy climate, the crop can hang long on the vine without producing too much sugar or alcohol. To increase complexity, the wine was fermented with one-third whole clusters and then aged exclusively in our Tuscan clay amphora which provides an additional layer of freshness and purity. 

The aromas are pure, fruity and floral: cranberry, black cherry and wild berries with savory pine and lavender notes and fresh spices. On the palate red fruits deepen to blackcurrant and dried cherry. There are complex notes of thyme, cedar, and tobacco leaf. The wine’s texture expands to envelop chewy tannins and bright acidity. Soft, ripe wild berry flavors linger. Drink between late-2024 and 2030. 

Andy Smith

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Harvest Date

September 27th


Sonoma Coast


#2 RSB

Age of Vines at Harvest

6 years

Barrel Aging

Aged 15 months in Tuscan amphorae


152 cases of 750mL