We produce Coriol, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape type blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 2.5% Counoise and 2.5% Petite Sirah. Our Coriol wine is inspired by the classic wines of the Rhône Valley. Our Syrah and Grenache comes from the Landa Vineyard which is located in the shadows of the eastern hills of the Sonoma Valley. Additional Grenache, as well as Mourvèdre and Counoise comes from the Annadel Estate Vineyard, located at the northwest end of the Sonoma Valley appellation. This vineyard was among the first to purchase California-certified Château Beaucastel budwood from Tablas Creek nursery. These varietals, including the late ripening Mourvèdre thrive in the shallow soils of the vineyards' upslope areas. In 2006 mild winter with below normal rainfall, coupled with a dry spring, led to early bud break and a harvest that was completed by late October.
Savory aromas of black and white pepper, smoked bacon, earth, red and black berry set this wine apart. Medium-full bodied, this red Rhône blend is packed with dark fruit, spicy pepper notes, and a hint of minerality. Crisp and fresh, our Coriol red is an ideal companion for food.
"Firm and concentrated, with a mix of spicy cola, herb, dark berry fruit, tobacco and bay leaf. Well-focused and full-bodied, gaining complexity. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2014."