2018 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine
Our 2018 Evangelho Red Wine is a blend of roughly 90% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre. Like the 2017, the wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster under a submerged cap and aged for ten months in neutral 400L barrels. We love the 400L barrel size for Carignan – it retains freshness and builds tension like all large format barrels, but with a less reductive tendency than the 500L and 600L barrels that I prefer for Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Carignan from Evangelho gives a juicy wine that smells of flowers and red fruits, with a soft tannin profile and vibrant acidity. The inclusion of cluster adds spice to the nose, while the small portion of carbonic maceration and Mourvèdre add flesh to the palate. The winemaking style is inspired by our love for the great cru Beaujolais of France: wines that are a joy to drink while young and age gracefully as well.
"The 2018 Red Wine Evangelho Vineyard, a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre, is a very pretty, lifted wine. Bright floral notes, red Carignan fruit, blood orange and wild flowers give this silky, mid-weight Contra Costa red tons of class and personality. There is just a touch of reduction, so I would give this a few hours of air." - 92 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
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