2014 Retro Rouge
Early in 1982, Joullian Vineyards, Ltd. purchased 655 acres of hillside benchland at an elevation of 1400 feet, in the heart of the remote Carmel Valley viticulture appellation. Following extensive contouring and terracing, 40 acres of high density-spaced vines were planted in the rocky Arroyo Seco series loam. The planting emphasized Bordeaux varieties and allocated two-thirds of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon...plus Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel, which was personally planted by Dick Sias. The remaining acreage, originally planted to Chardonnay, was grafted to more pre-Prohibition Zinfandel selections throughout the 1990s. Pursuing complexity in the wines, Watson planted multiple clones of each varietal from reputed sources such as Mount Veeder, 3 Palms, Diamond Mountain, Sterling, Ventana, Brandlin, St. Peter’s Church and Lytton springs. The Winery, completed in the spring of 1991, was designed to handle each vineyard block separately to insure that the complex subtleties and nuances produced in the field could be transferred into the bottle.
Brilliant dark cherry/garnet color. Explosive black cherry, anise, cranberry and slightly earthy nose. A rich, black cherry entry expands into a ripe blackberry center that finishes with earth, smoke, refreshing acidity and ripe, palate cleansing tannins.
Fermentation: Primary/secondary fermentation completed in 11-38 days using multiple yeasts and malolactic strains
Barrel Aging: Twelve to thirty-six months in Center of France oak barrels
USA, California, Joullian Estate, Carmel Valley
48 % Merlot, 21 % Zinfandel, 18 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 % Syrah, 2 % Cabernet Franc, 2 % Muscat Hamburg
An adult signature is required upon delivery, so please keep that in mind when shipping this gift to friends, family and peers.
There is no minimum.
Bottles are in perfect condition.