Michael David Inkblot Lodi Tennat 2013
The 2013 Inkblot Tannat has a stunning crimson color that fades to an opaque garnet at the rim. Dark aromas of dried black fruit, earth, and smoked meat. Complex flavors of red berries and spice on the palate with bold tannins. This Tannat is drinking beautifully now, and will only get better with bottle age.
Originating in the southwest region of France, this varietal is notable for its high tannin levels, raspberry aromas, and dark color. Known as the “national grape” of Uruguay, this varietal has slowly crept into the US with plantings in Virginia and now seeing an increase in California. the 5 acre vineyard used for this bottling has found a friendly foothold in the hilly southeastern edge of Lodi. The red gravely loam soil in this area provides excellent drainage for this water adverse varietal.
The 2013 harvest started in early August with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine. The first of our red grapes came in early September, with the later ripening varietals such as Old Vine Zin coming in early October. After a heavy crop in 2012, the ’13 harvest was expected to be smaller than average, but we still saw large crop yields across most varietals. Moderate temperatures throughout the summer allowed the fruit to develop full flavors while retaining acidity.
2013 | Lodi Appellation
Composition: Tannat with a touch of Petite Sirah
Time in barrel: 16 months French oak
90+points -Robert Parker
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