Our fifth harvest yielded a wine of a beautiful, elegant nature that summoned the spirit of its original owner, Simone or “Sim” as she was affectionately known to the family. Capturing the idyllic weather of the 2018 growing season, we harvested two of our favorite varietals from the estate vineyard in the early days of October: Grenache and Mourvèdre. The result is an incredibly juicy, yet refined expression of how the two varietals pair, truly hand in hand – the red fruit-driven Grenache, with the refreshing acidity of Mourvèdre. This wine was bottled in the spring of 2019. With intense aromas on the nose – think star anise, cocoa and espresso comingled with tiny, sun-ripened French plums and wild strawberries – and a wonderfully juicy palate, rich and layered with brambly fruits like blackberries and ripe red cherries, candied violets, crushed gravel, kumquat peel and perennial pantry baking spices such as allspice and Ceylon cinnamon. Its beautiful, silky texture is punctuated with a fresh palate-pleasing finish and intense concentration. It will certainly beckon a meal – be it a few skewers of impromptu yakitori, or boeuf bourguignon with your loved ones when you feel like lingering.