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2016 Proserpina

2016 Proserpina

Varietals: 75% Merlot, 25% Teroldego 

ABV: 13.6%

Vineyard: Merlot→ Jamieson Vineyard est. 2001, 25% Teroldego→ Irish Vineyard

Production: 267 cases

Flavor Notes: The combination of red berry flavors and fine tannins in our Merlot make it a nice foil for the dark fruit and youthful astringency of Teroldego. 2016 was a great year for Old Mission Peninsula reds, inspiring winemaker Sean O’Keefe to harness the fruit’s full potential by creating a blend that will age. The bright cherry nature of the Merlot evokes its origin on Old Mission Peninsula, where farmers have harvested cherry crops for decades. Teroldego—an intensely tannic Italian variety that’s making a comeback after commercial extinction for a century, forms the spine of the blend, requiring the addition of a more approachable Merlot for balance. 

Pairings: The tannic quality of this blend can cut through rich meat dishes like pasta carbonara, pork tenderloin, and beef bourguignon while its fruit forward youthful nature plays well with cheeses like gouda or cheddar. Try combining these two culinary worlds with a juicy burger, just add cheese or portobello mushrooms.

Vinification: The Teroldego was picked on October 15th, 2016 from our northernmost vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula, Irish. The Merlot was harvested ten days later on the 25th from Jamieson, our southernmost vineyard. After fermenting in stainless conical tanks, the Merlot and Teroldego were both aged in 600L French oak demi-muids for 36 months. Demi-muids have thicker walls than other barrels, allowing the wine to age gracefully without oxidation in a reserve style. The finished wine was bottled on January 30th, 2020.

Cellaring: Great to drink now, but will age elegantly through 2032.

Proserpina is the Latin name for Persephone, the Greek goddess of agriculture, fertility, wine, and the underworld. The idea of dark brooding Teroldego blending with fruity Merlot mirrors the myth of Pluto (Hades) abducting Proserpina—structural tannins meet aromatic levity. The wine hides away in Mari’s caves until we welcome it back for the spring equinox, much like Ceres (Demeter) welcoming her daughter back after a season spent in the underworld. Proserpina is considered the alliterative “sister wine” to Praefectus, which features Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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SKU: 2016pros
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Old Mission Peninsula
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Beverly Henderson's Gravatar
Beverly Henderson
(May 10, 2020 at 4:26 PM)
First time taster. I really enjoyed this wine while I normally enjoy a Cabernet for its smooth taste I did enjoy something different.

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Monte Johnson
(May 29, 2020 at 12:09 PM)
A well known grape paired with one not so well known has worked very well indeed. This one had me from the very first sniff. I'll be getting more of this.

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