Sea of Stones 2016
Argentina ~ Mendoza
All of the grapes we use are allowed to ripen thoroughly on the vine, a key to the exceptional quality we achieve. Each cluster, once harvested by hand, is then de-stemmed and sorted – also by hand. Each varietal lot is treated as its own wine, then when each lot is ready, the Sea of Stones blend is assembled to create a wine that emulates the best of what the Sea of Stones Estate has to offer.
Sea of Stones is our home property in Mendoza; the winery is on the estate and all of the Layer Cake Malbec is made on the estate as well. The estate is adjacent to the Mendoza River in Argentina, terrain strikingly similar to that of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhône Valley. During the post ice age melt, the Mendoza River swelled to over 5 miles wide, as the melt water slowed, it left behind a layer of cobblestones, gravel and soil hundreds of feet deep. The entire ground surface of the area is cobblestones as far as the eye can see, a Sea of Stones. In addition to stunning Malbec, we also grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Bonarda and Charbono on the estate.
The Layer Cake Sea of Stones red blend is extremely dense and concentrated. Opaque purple, almost black in color, the aroma is full of ripe black fruit, grilled bread, pencil lead, wet stones, lavender, blueberry pie, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice notes, espresso, and dark chocolate as well as rich, creamy texture. The aromas and flavors carry on long after the wine is gone from your mouth, the finish taunting you to have another sip.
- 100% Mendoza, Argentina
- 100% Sea of Stones Vineyard
- Blend: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot
- 100% French Oak, 40% new
- Alc. 14.2%