Irwin Family Vineyards
The Bruin is a proprietary blend of Barbera (50%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Petite Sirah (20%) and Syrah (20%).
The Bruin exudes flavors and aromas of black cherries, raspberries, red currants, anise, mocha and earth. Bright acidity, moderate tannins and a lingering long finish make this an excellent food pairing.
Our grapes are sourced from a single vineyard with a south/southwest aspect of heavy greenstone and feldspar at 1,500 ft in elevation with a vine density of 1,140 to 840 vines to the acre. The vines at harvest carried 3.0 to 4.0 kilos per vine and had all wings and shoulders removed at veraison.
The grapes were harvested in mid to late September and October 2016, anywhere from 23.2 to 25.0 Brix. Fermentations were punched down 4 times a day until dryness. The fermentation was started with indigenous yeast. Primary fermentation was finished off in barrels and battonage lasted for 9 months on a weekly basis.
Derek's Two Cents
There is a 6-unit minimum on all orders.