2017 Firehouse Red
33% Syrah, 27% Cab Sauv, 18% Merlot, 11% Cab Franc, 3% Mourvedre, 2% Grenache, 2% Counoise, 2% Sangiovese, 2% Petit Verdot
Firehouse Red is aged in 40% new oak barrels, mostly French and American oak with a compliment of Hungarian oak, and 60% 2nd and 3rd vintage barrels.
Crushed gently and dropped into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 24 to 48 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, handpunched and pressed directly to barrel, where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentation. Only after one year in barrel do the individual lots of wine that compose the Firehouse Red get blended.
Dark fruit on the nose, including ripe raspberry and blackberry with notes of cocoa, anise and a soft, round mid-palate. On the
palate, grippy tannin gives way to black cherry, baking spices with herbal notes, followed by sweet BBQ sauce ribs, oregano with relaxed, dusty tannins.
James Suckling – “This is a finely textured red with blackberries, chocolate and light vanilla undertones. Medium body. Delicious finish. A blend of 33% syrah, 27% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 11% cabernet franc, 3% mourvedre, 2% grenache, 2% counoise, 2% sangiovese and 2% petit verdot. Drink or hold.” (92 Pts)
Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2017 Firehouse Red is a crazy blend of 33% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdot. As always, it’s a great value and has loads of ripe red and black fruits, spice, and dried flower aromas as well as a kiss of classy oak, medium body, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s a year-in, year-out no brainer.” (90 Pts)