2015 Thick Skinned Red, Red Mountain

  • $47.00
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The Thick Skinned Red is a bold wine.  A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Malbec, and a splash of Petit Verdot, this wine is fully opaque and densely packed with dark brooding fruit set over a frame of well-refined dusty tannins. At 6 years, the firmness of this wine suggests Old World origins.  It could develop for many years.  But interestingly, it is also approachable now.  This will be a fun wine to watch as it develops over time.  I would say that patience will reward.  But patience is not necessary here.  If you like full-bodied, structured wines, this one delivers at a price that greatly outpaces its price. It would easily hold its own against a $70+ Napa wine.  Trust me. 
  • Vineyards Standing apart from the surrounding hills, Red Mountain’s southwest facing slopes encourage the grapes to ripen and develop their deep, dark skin color. It is during the fermentation process that these thick, sun-ripened skins reveal the distinctly lush textures and flavors locked inside. A Bordeaux style blend of bold character, Thick Skinned represents everything that Red Mountain has to offer.
  • Winemaking Separate handpicked lots from Kiona’s “Heart of the Hill” vineyard are fermented in 3-5 ton fermenters. Each varietal is barrel aged in 50% new French oak for 6 months prior to blending. The wine is then returned to barrel for an additional 12 months of barrel aging. After bottling the wine is given a minimum of 12 months bottle age before release.
  • Tasting Notes  A nose of Cocoa, dark berry, vanilla and cherry fruit. On the palate, Bright cherry followed by chocolate with hints of caramel and toast. Firm mouth-filling tannins coat the palate.

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