Sean Minor Nicole Marie Signature Series Red Blend 2021, North Coast, California

2021 vintage – “Our Nicole Marie Blend is deep ruby in color and displays aromas of dark cherry, cassis and vanilla. On the palate, it is big, rich and spicy, offering flavors of red berry, dark cherry, cassis and black pepper that integrate with hints of oak spices, coating the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish. This unique red wine blend is from sites throughout the North Coast. The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently crushed into stainless steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, to fully extract color and flavor. The fermented wine then was racked to a combination of French and American oak for aging of which 20% was new. During the aging process the wine lots were tasted throughout and blended together just before bottling. 2021 vintage – 50% Merlot, 25% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah.