2018 Repoussé

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2018 Repoussé
2018 Repoussé

(43% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah) The wine is coated with gorgeous red fruit tones and sprinkled with floral accents. There’s a lot of herbal enhancement too, with rosemary and thyme blending nicely with fruit flavors of red cherry and strawberry. The palate snaps with generous acidy, which makes it easy to pair with many foods. The wine is lifted by the small addition of Petite Sirah, greatly aiding in the wine’s perfect garnet red color and slightly tannic and dry finish. Overall, it’s a beautiful creation showcasing a remarkable feel of balance and tantalizing textures.

Tasting notes

Sculpterra’s Repoussé Red Rhone blend is an incredible feat of magnificently layered fruit and subtle baking spice notes with a wonderful crisp and puckering finish. 

-Paul W. Frankel, Winemaker

Production notes

All fruit was hand-picked and made at Sculpterra’s on-site winery located in the valley of the 265-acre estate ranch. Whole berry fermentation was implemented across all four varieties, followed by a soft pressing and settling of the young wine, which eventually was racked into barrels for aging to begin. Mourvèdre's unique character shines as the dominant player and is pleasantly enhanced with smaller additions of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. The blend was created just one week prior to bottling, therefore all four varieties were aged in independent barrels which allowed their unique characteristics to espress themselves. The Mourvedre, aged in once used 240L American Oak, adds subtle notes of caramel, tobacco, and earthy spice. Our Grenache was made and aged in large format barrels, 500L in size, creating fruit driven flavors with little oak influence.  The Syrah, aged in neutral barrels has HUGE notes of chocolate plum and even grapefruit!  Finally, our Petite Sirah was aged in a new American Oak 475L barrels which adds roasted coffee, grilled meat, and smoked cedar qualities to the wine. In total, just 365 cases were bottled and this wine is sold only through Sculpterra.

Other notes

Repoussé ia a metal working term refers to the shaping or molding of metal art work by hammering from the underside.  Essentially,  Repoussé is the opposite of embossing, which hammers down, and it a classic method of art and iron work that dates back centuries. 

This stunning label is a silkscreen of a large sculputre, titled "Grand Tarpon" by John Jagger, located in Sculpterra's beautiful sculpture garden.

Download Wine Notes
VarietalRhone blend
Varietal Composition43% Mourvedre
28% Grenache
17% Syrah
12% Petite Sirah
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Estate & Gene Alonso Vineyard
Acid0.70 g/100 ml
Residual Sugar0.04 g/100 ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date12/11/2019
Cases Produced375

The fruit is from both the Frankel Family Estate & the Gene Alonso Vineyard. These vineyards are located less than 2 miles apart, giving the wine a consistency in taste and finish. 2018 was an outstanding growing season with all climate activity being what we needed at the right time. We did get a late season spring freeze but we did not see much damage on these Rhone varieties. Our vineyard team continued on tradition of shoot thinning, leaf pulling around all clusters, and fruit dropping when necessary. Harvest began with our estate grown Syrah on September 25th 2019 and was wrapped up with Petite Sirah being harvested in October 23rd 

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