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2021 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2021 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine

2021 was characterized by extraordinarily light crops at Evangelho Vineyard, as a result of the extreme drought. The vines persevered, and I think you can feel some of the intensity and richness in the wine that may have something to do with the tragically light crop yield. 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. 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. "The 2021 Red Wine Evangelho Vineyard is all class. Bright, effusive and punchy, the 2021 impresses with its poise and overall character. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. This exuberant Contra Costa Carignane/Mourvèdre hits all the right notes. I would give the 2021 a year or two in the cellar for the tannins to soften a bit." - By Antonio Galloni on April 2023 (94 points)
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