When a bird of prey captures its quarry, it often spreads its wings and surrounds it in preparation for the two entities to become one. This beautiful act is known as "mantling".
Dovecote's 2019 Mantle is a co-fermentation of roughly 3/4 Grenache and 1/4 Syrah from our estate Thompson Vineyard. The extended sequential co-fermentation results in longer skin contact and beneficial warmth and energy as fruit converts to wine, resulting in a distinctly supple mouthfeel, a dark and sultry core, and an exotically perfumed bouquet of aromatics that are absolutely unique to the co-fermentation.
Mantle's signature characteristic is its intoxicating and complex bouquet. It commonly fools seasoned experts into believing they are experiencing the perfume of new French oak, yet we can assure you the barrels are 100% neutral: muddled black cherries, wild fennel root, vanilla bean, and creamy sarsaparilla. It is a highly expressive medium-bodied wine that will pair well with lighter fare such as grilled fish and poultry, yet really shines as a complement to wild game, lamb, pork, braised beef, mushrooms, or hearty vegetable stews.
Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.
Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.
Grapes were hand harvested at night, hand sorted, de-stemmed, and cold soaked for 5 days. The fruit was then sequentially co-fermented in small open-top bins with daily manual punchdowns and pumpovers. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed and then aged for 18 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. It was bottled in Spring 2021 and rested for 12 months before release. We expect it will improve with age over the next 10-12 years.
- Grenache and Syrah Co-fermented
- 82% Grenache / 18% Syrah
- Thompson Vineyard
- Vine Age
- 29 Years
- Grenache: Alban 2 / Syrah: Estrella River
- Sandy Loam over Limestone
- Alisos Canyon
- Cool I/II
- 26.1 / 25.2
- 100% Neutral Oak
- Peak Years