Red Blend, 2014. Leaping Horse

Red Blend, 2014. Leaping Horse

Item #: C1117R1DC
Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Red Blend (Zinfandel/Merlot/Petite Sirah)
Vineyard/Appellation: Lodi, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Cherry, Earth, Rose Petals
Palate: Full and Rich
Finish: Engaging Soft Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Leaping Horse is the passion and possession of the Kautz family, who have been involved with equine training and riding for generations. So, when their passion turned to wine, there was no doubt about the name.

The winery is in Murphys, California, about 25 miles east of Lodi in what is still considered the Sierra Foothills. On the map, it would appear to be a hot inland area, but - like Lodi - it is in the path of the cool ocean breezes that emanate from San Pablo Bay. This is what accounts for the amazing flavor and structure of their wines.

Our selection is a very cool blend of 46% Zinfandel, 40% Merlot and 14% Petite Sirah. Each grape contributes its own uniqueness to the whole.

The Sierra Foothills are finally getting the recognition they deserve as a fine wine producing area. Most of the vineyards here are on mountainous soil, which means the plants grow deeper roots to anchor themselves in the earth, bringing up more minerals and nutrients to the vines. The conditions are ideal, as the rich, outstanding wines from this area demonstrate.

Leaping Horse picks and hand-sorts their grapes, and varietals are fermented separately before the final blend is decided upon. Once decided, the blend spends four months in new French oak barrels to smooth out the rough edges and add a spicy touch.

The result is a spectacular combination of fresh berries, spice and vanilla, with the flavors leaping across the palate like a horse in the foothills.

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