The 2020 Le Compere blends three unlikely accomplices from different Snake River Valley Vineyards. Sangiovese, Merlot, and Malbec come together to create a beautifully drinkable red blend. The 2020 vintage was marked by intense Summer heat creating ripe fruit, which translates into rich red wines. The Sangiovese in our blend provides great acidity while the Merlot and Malbec impart depth and spice. All varieties were fermented separately and blended prior to bottling.
Our 2020 Sangiovese comes from Arena Valley Vineyard and was fermented both wildly and conventionally. Extended skin contact time of 20 days coaxed out extra tannin to add complexity. Boasting flavors of red currants, berries, and allspice while 40% new french oak imparts structure and length. Sangiovese’s high acidity shines through, which keeps this wine fresh and makes it the perfect partner for pizza.
Malbec picked October 18th at Famici Vineyard was processed right on site and left amongst the vines to ferment naturally in the elements. A long and cold fermentation took 40 days to complete before the grapes were brought into the winery to be pressed. The resulting wine was barrel-aged on Chardonnay lees adding texture and nuance. The unique aroma and taste of violets make our vineyard ferment a memorable experience.
Riesling from Skyline Vineyards was harvested and put directly into tank for 6 months. Whole cluster, wild fermentation with extended skin and stem contact created an intensely tannic and robust wine. This was balanced with a pale rose of Grenache and Mourvedre to add fruity components and softness. The resulting wine displays notes of peach, stone fruit, and spice with bright acidity and firm tannins. Named to celebrate the birth of the winemaker’s son.
Riesling was pressed into a temperature-controlled tank where it underwent a cool and slow wild fermentation. The wine was then transferred to stainless steel barrels and aged for 6 months. A small amount of residual sugar was left in the wine to balance out Riesling’s naturally high acidity. This wine has characteristics of pineapple, mango, star fruit, and lychee.