2009 Tercero Cuvee Loco, Larner Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 750ml
The 2009 Cuvee Loco is an homage to the Larner Vineyard, a spectacular site that sits in the new Ballard Canyon AVA here in the Santa Ynez Valley. The vines are planted in 100% sand, ensuring that they struggle to find water and therefore keeping the vines more naturally balanced.
The 2009 Loco is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah from the vineyard. Both lots were fermented, basket pressed, and aged for 42 months in neutral French oak barrels separately, then blended together just before bottling. The wine is quite vibrant, with wonderful acidity that is allowing the wine to age beautifully. One thing I love about this particular wine is how it changes in the glass - sometimes, the Grenache takes center stage and sometimes the Syrah does. AND the wine, to me, is better on day 2 still!
2009 Tercero Cuvee Christie Santa Barbara County 750ml 2-Pack
The 2009 Cuvee Christie is our 4th release of one of our best selling reds, and with this vintage, a few 'changes' were made, leading to a wine of grace, of character, and of structure.
This was was aged for 42 months in neutral French oak barrels, by far the longest we have ever aged a red wine before. Why in the heck would we do this? There are a couple of reasons - 1) We wanted to 'experiment' and see what would happen if we actually had the cajones to do this! 2) 2009 was a 'big' vintage and we wanted to 'soften' the wine a bit and make it more drinkable upon release. 3) We tasted the wine throughout the entire aging process, and it just kept getting better!
We also added a touch of Petite Sirah to the blend in 2009, the first time we have done so. We did not 'need' to do this, but felt that the addition gave the wine more structure and therefore more 'ageability' than it would have had without it.
The final blend for the 2009 is 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah.