Adobe Road The 24 Red Blend 2016
The 24 is a Rhone-style blend from Sonoma County comprised of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre with some Malbec thrown in for fun with a beautiful metal chronograph on the front that pays homage to the Rolex which times the thrilling 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans.
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The 2016 Red Wine The 24 is a blend of 35% Grenache, 33% Mourvèdre, 24% Syrah and 9% Malbec. Medium ruby-purple, it gives up scents of cassis, maraschino cherries, cedar, cigar wrapper and chargrill with nuances of violet, white pepper, graphite and a framing of new oak spice. The full-bodied palate is dense and lushly fruited with a firm but ripe frame and good freshness, finishing with that youthful new oak. Give this another year in bottle.
Adobe Road is a boutique winery producing artisan wines from premium vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa. They maintain collaborative relationships with their growers and carefully select vineyard sites based on their suitability for particular varietals. Their wines are handcrafted in small lots with minimal intervention, including fermentation with native yeasts. At Adobe Road, they believe that these methods, combined with the distinctive nature of our vineyards, lead to expressive wines of the absolute highest quality.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.