Carignan

Bourbon Barrel-Aged

‘Batch Blue’ Carignan 2016

This is a very special, limited release of 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Carignan, our first-ever release of Carignan as a single varietal. As soon as these grapes came into the winery, I knew they deserved to stand alone. But that’s not the only special thing about this batch: I worked on this project with my son, Ian, who is not a winemaker but rather a wine enthusiast. There’s a little bit of both of us in this wine: classic and rustic with a little edge. Look for notes of brilliantly racy red and black fruits set to a rich backdrop of toast, herbs and cocoa.

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Vineyards

These Carignan grapes come from two old vineyards in Mendocino County, Rucker and Pallini.  These vineyard blocks are head trained and range in age from 55-88 years providing depth and structure to this wine. Aromas of bright blue and red fruit typical of the Carignan grape can be found in the glass.

Barrels & Aging

The bourbon barrel gives the wine a distinct white smoke note in the aroma.  Ian Blue, son of Bob Blue, partnered with his father in the finishing and blending of the wine.  This batch collaboration celebrates the bond between father and son.