Creativity

Embracing the creative nuances that our vineyards give us from vintage to vintage, this wine truly embraces its label and lives outside the box. As a true winemaker’s choice, there is no plan for what Creativity will become from year to year.

 

2014 Creativity

MY PROFILE

Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: One acre atop a limestone hill

Ethnicity: 100% Mourvèdre | Siblings: 157 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: September 19, 2014 | Birth Weight: 27.2° Brix

Rearing: Fermented in concrete tank

Education: Aged ~ 18 months: 70% new French oak and 30% neutral oak

GPA: 3.60 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled May 17, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2018 – 2024

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

In some special vintages, Mourvèdre has it all and stands alone as an über full, über soft and über unforgettable wine. 2014, like 2013, was an exceptional vintage for Mourvèdre, and thus we had to leave it by itself yet again and bottle it as the vintage Creativity. The richness of the 2014 vintage is not overplayed in this 100% Mourvèdre. Lush and rich earthy bass notes are meaty, rooty and foresty at rst take, however, lavender perfume, bing cherry and red plum fruit subtly make their way into the glass with air.

 

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2013 Creativity

Parentage: Paderewski Vineyard

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: One moderately rolling, westerly limestone slope

Ethnicity: 100% Mourvèdre, clone 369 | Siblings: 194 Cases Produced

Ideal Mate: Herbed rub rack of lamb

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: September 24, 2013 | Birth Weight: 26.5° Brix

Rearing: Fermented ~35% whole cluster in concrete tanks

Education: Aged for 15 months in 33% new French oak barrels and puncheons

GPA: 3.92 pH | 5.3 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled February 10, 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2027

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

The 2013 Creativity defines purity. Her DNA is simple – 100% Mourvèdre from one single harvest pick – but she carries the complexity of a multi-variety blend. A complete wine, balanced and focused, she effortlessly resides at the intersection of the senses, where savory and earthy flavors collide with sweet red fruits and white pepper. From first sip, she leads you on the emotional journey of the indefinable art in wine. Starting with fermentation in concrete though èlevage in barrel to bottling, this wine has never swayed from her core personality and will show you how Mourvédre can hold her own next to Bordeauxs, GSMs, and Pinots alike.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 96, Wine Spectator 92

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2012 Creativity

Catapult Vineyard, Paso Robles

90% Syrah | 10% Roussanne

Fermented in one-ton bins. Cofermented with whole cluster Roussanne.

Aged for 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels

93 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

 

Syrah with Roussanne? I mean, come on! You gotta have at least two bottles for your cellar. These two northern Rhone varieties marry seamlessly in this age-worthy Syrah from our Catapult Vineyard. Roussanne softens the texture of the Syrah and makes the wine sit a little lighter on the palate, but you’d never know that it’s there if we didn’t tell you (meaning this wine is a powerful red wine). Warning – this wine sparks great creativity!

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 95+, Vinous 90

 

 

2011 Creativity

Catapult Vineyard, Paso Robles

100% Grenache

Fermented in 100% Concrete

Aged 18 months in one New French oak puncheon

47 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

In a given vintage, there is always a single lot of wine — from harvest to fermentation — whose unique character screams at us to leave it alone rather than including it in a larger blend. Creativity is just that, and what we call “winemaker’s choice.” There is no plan for what Creativity will end up being from year to year, but it promises to always keep us on our toes. Creativity represents winemaking experimentation, the chances we’ve taken in the vineyard and winery, and sometimes just pure delicious luck! It is only fitting that we commence our first vintage of Creativity with the wine that brought this label to fruition, a single pick of Grenache from our Catapult Vineyard during the 2011 vintage. Super limited in production, this wine will never ever be recreated! -– Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores:  Wine Advocate 93, International Wine Cellar 92