2019 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine
Like our Cole Ranch Riesling the past two years, our 2018 and 2019 Evangelho Vineyard red wines perfectly exemplify the vintages – whereas the 2018 is zesty and bracing, primed for an exceptionally long life, the 2019 is charming and supple already in bottle. 2019s will drink well young and are the perfect counterpoint to the 2018s that will reward time in bottle. As in previous vintages, the wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster under a submerged cap and aged for ten months in neutral 400L barrels. I 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 (and in our book, that’s Clos de la Roilette’s Cuvée Tardive and the old-vine single parcels of Château Thivin): wines that are a joy to drink while young and age gracefully as well. Look for an extra degree of richness and viscosity on the palate of the 2019 Evangelho Red Wine – it’s positively gulp-able.
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