AVA: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
COMPOSITION: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
WINEMAKING NOTES: After hand sorting and destemming, each variety was fermented separately with indigenous yeasts in small stainless steel tanks. Punch downs occurred twice daily. After primary fermentation was complete, the tanks were drained and pressed into 100% French oak barrels, 80% of which were new, and 20% of which was neutral. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was racked to blend after 12 months, and remained in barrel for a total of 24 months. Bottled unfined & unfiltered.
TASTING NOTES: Structured and balanced, the 2010 Fletcher’s Red is a beautiful example of why the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is quickly becoming recognized as the perfect place to grow Bordeaux grape varieties. Rich layers of dark black and blue fruits coat the palate and fine, firm tannins linger for a long finish. Complex and approachable now, this wine will continue to evolve with time, and will drink at its peak from 2015-2020.
MWCH TASTING NOTES: October 2015 – In the nose come as a floral wine with a hit of black pepper. In the palate is a complex wine with layer of blackberry and notes of roasted coffee and tobacco. The acidity is descent I would not age more than 10 years. The finish is a little short but intense. Definitely a great Bordeaux Blend. I personally prefer this AVA more than some Napa commercials brands.
MWCH RATE : 93/100