For Redtail’s second vintage we combined all of the red varietals grown at Thompson Vineyard in specific ratios to express the unique growing season. The resulting wines are elegant and light on their feet while maintaining a deep core of fruit, tannic structure, and savory finish. Although Syrah plays a leading role by percentage with hints of mulled spiced plums, Grenache steals the opening scene with its unmistakable maraschino cherry and blood orange notes. Mourvèdre offers up wildflower pollen and cured meat, and Petite Sirah rounds things out with its classic blackberry pie aromatics, sultry viscosity, and velvety tannins.
Dovecote Redtail is intended to be extraordinarily versatile with food, and the 2016 is a medium-bodied vintage that complements a wide range of table fare. This vintage is reminiscent in profile of a classic Burgundy with compelling acidity and a complex palate that unfolds over several hours in the glass. Hearty seafood dishes such as salmon and halibut pair wonderfully, as does roasted poultry and pork. Grilled lamb and beef prepared in a lighter Mediterranean style are also perfect table partners.