Desparada Sackcloth & Ashes 2016 Bordeaux Blend, California
Varietals: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot,
10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Grenache
Vineyards: 24% Two Wolves, 16% Star, 13% Pine Hawk, 13% Chelle Mountain, 11% TTT, 11% Vogelzang,
7% Sorso, 5% Lunacy
Aging: Fermented in 1.5 ton bins and aged for 15 months in 20% new French Oak, 16% once used French Oak, and 64% neutral French Oak
Cases made: 1073
In the meadow a lightning struck birch is burning slowly, like the earth were smoking a sweet cigar. Map in hand you approach the tree, the scented steam rises off it—chocolate mint, alpine herbs, candy cap mushrooms and sel grez. The bark is soft and tastes of black currant jam and the rust of the sword of Charlemagne, which you free from the roots.