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Wind Gap Soif Red Wine 2015

Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
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12.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Explosive aromas of sweet red cherries, cinnamon, fresh summer fruits and crazy floral notes lift this brilliant translucent red wine. More concentrated than the 2014 with more palate weight that doesn’t sacrifice the lift and verve.

Wind Gap recommends you drink this wine chilled and frequently.

Blend: 35% Valdiguie, 20% Zinfandel, 15% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, 10% Dolcetto, 5% Negroamaro, 3% Mourvedre.

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If this feels more muscular than last year’s gulpable Soif, that’s probably because Pax Mahle added petite sirah—12 percent of the blend, which also includes valdiguie, zin, carignan, dolcetto, negroamaro and mourvedre. Carbonic maceration encouraged a high-toned floral juiciness that’s refreshing, while petite’s gripping tannins bring some complexity. An effusive wine to drink young with salumi.
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Wind Gap, North Coast, California
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Wind Gap is not about making the "perfect" wine. It's about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from special vineyard sites. What interests us about wine is what makes it different-the subtle nuances and characteristics that tell a particular wine's story, reguardless of appellation.

We've combed the state to gather a collection of some of the moste exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes we love - Cabernet from Coombsville in south Napa, Chardonnay from the dramatic limestone and granit of Chalone, Grenache from the Shale and Limestone blanketed hills of western Paso Robles, and Syrah from the windy and cold Sonoma Coast. Along the way, we've been lucky enough to meet and work along with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices we belive in.

Interestingly enough, many of our vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hill funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening fo our grapes. It seemed only fitting to us that our name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping our wine.

North Coast

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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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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.

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