Ruth Lewandowski 2014 Boaz
Balance is crucial with Carignan and is difficult to come by. Age of vines is a critical factor, due the young vines' tendency to set a very large crop. Depth, concentration and intrigue come along only after years and years in the ground. Characteristically higher acidity, rustic, somewhat chunky tannin and general burliness can be difficult to tame. So I went down the road of fermenting the beautiful Testa fruit whole cluster, ie, no destemming. This lends a brighter, higher-toned aromatic profile, a mellowing of acidity and an all-around more delicate side to what might otherwise be a very muscular wine. Don't allow me to misrepresent the wine...it IS a big wine. Concentrated, with intense structure, it's just very well balanced by fresh acidity, florality and bright berry tones.