Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
Tasting Date: 10/31/2019
The 4hearts Vineyard is an old school, dry farmed, steep slope in the heart of the Willow Creek District. We have primarily Petite Sirah planted at this extreme sight, and I wanted to craft a uniquely Californian wine from it. We aged this muscular black beauty in a combination of French and American oak for a stout 31 months, trust me, it needed it! It is dense and chewy, with black licorice and sage on the nose with a huge core of dark ripe fruits in the mouth. The kiss of American oak gives extra length on the back end, where it finishes with vanilla and blackberry. This wine is not for the faint of heart. It is a wine that will benefit from a little more bottle age, like 3 or 30 years if you have the patience!
Lots of crème de cassis, vanilla bean, smoke, and meaty notes emerge from the 2016 Four Hearts Vineyard, a California beauty offering powerful, full-bodied, sexy aromas and flavors, gorgeous tannins, no hard edges, and a finish that won’t quit. Based on 66% Petite Sirah and 34% Tempranillo that’s sourced from dry-farmed, old head-trained vines, if this doesn’t put a smile on your face, you might be dead. Drink bottles over the coming 15 years or more. (97) Jeb Dunnuck, 10/31/2019
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.