Wyncroft 2013 'Shou' Bordeaux Blend, Lake Michigan Shore
Item Number: 11170
Sub Region: Lake Michigan Shore
Appellation/AVA: Lake Michigan Shore
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Avonlea Vineyard
Grape(s): 57% Cabernet Sauvignon / 24% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc / 4% Petite Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 166
Shou (pronounced "show") is a traditional Chinese symbol meaning longevity.
Vineyard Notes: Wyncroft's Bordeaux varieties are planted in two sections of their estate Avonlea Vineyard. The largest block is grown in rocks and gravel. The stones (shale, granite, and fossilized crinoids) reflect and hold heat stimulating extra ripeness. The crinoids in the soil impart a mineral note.
Vintage Notes: The Bordeaux grapes did particularly well in 2013. The crop had an excellent balance between sugars and acidity. The bonus was an extra large crop of Merlot that rounds out the wine and makes it silkier in the near term.
Winemaking Notes: The wine was aged in 20% new Vicard medium plus toast Bordeaux barrels with the remainder being mostly neutral Vicard. The conservative use of new oak allows the delicious fruit of this wine to be in the forefront.
Tasting Notes: The deep ruby color accompanies a nose of cedar, red currant, fresh plum and spiced berries. The palate is smooth, though youthful and concentrated, with lovely red raspberry, cranberry, and a sweet/tart burst of fresh berry compote on the long refreshing finish. Pair Shou with beef pot roast, grilled rack of lamb, or roasted eggplant.
Winemaker’s Notes: "This wine is my homage to the great wines of Bordeaux. My affection for these classical wines surely was influenced by the third red wine I had ever tasted, a 1966 Chateau Lascombes from Margaux. As my Shou is usually at least 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, I toyed with the idea of not including all the Merlot we harvested to keep the wine more consistent with past vintages. But then I like to make a wine that Mother Nature gives me so, here it is! The advantage is that the extra Merlot will make the wine more accessible sooner in it’s life. So while you are waiting to drink the 05, 08, 10, 11, and 12, you can enjoy this wine..." - Jim Lester