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Maven 2007
Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Grenache
Appellation
Paso Robles
Alcohol %
16.1

Maven 2007

A Maven is one who has "special" knowledge or experience. Grenache is without a doubt one of the most difficult wines to make. It takes a great deal of attention and an unwielding degree of patience both in the vineyard and in the winery. It is a winemakers wine. A wine you donÂ’t necessarily make, but rather confront each year. We are fortunate to have some of the most promising Grenache vineyards I have worked with both on our estate and at the esteemed James Berry Vineyard. While this certainly gets us started on the right foot we are weary of any claim of expert. The Maven is our tribute to the select group that have willingly risen to the challenge and emerged with expressions of geneous.

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 SOLD OUT    The 2007 Maven is a composed of 70% Grenache from James Berry Vineyard and 30% Syrah from our estate vineyard.  A percentage of the Syrah for the Akasha blend is fermented in new French 500L Puncheons.  These puncheons are then used to age the Grenache.  These larger barrels reduce the oxygen exchange with the wine, slow its development and helps retain its youthful presence.  The Grenache in 07 was wonderfully aromatic and had an incredible mid palate richness.  The first two thirds of the wine was sultry, complex, and feminine.  The remaining third was quite the opposite with more aggressive masculine tannin and grip.  While it seems a bit counterintuitive we took a big chewy tannic Syrah and added it to the Grenache to soften the finish.  Our goal was not to dilute character, but complex it.  The Syrah with its prolonged skin contact, stem inclusion, and newer oak allocation didn’t have any less tannin just different tannin.  The blend was made in June and returned to barrel to allow these components time to marry.  Bottled in April 2009 unfined and unfiltered the Maven manages to showcase a powerful core of Grenache with a sense of balance and grace.  Like its sibling for the vintage, the Maven will undoubtedly turn a few heads now but will certainly cellar beautifully.  76 cases produces. $65.