In the late spring of 2016, all 2015 TPWC lots were evaluated for character. The most concentrated and delicious lots of each variety were selected for the first vintage of Dérangé. After lot selection, all barrels destined for Dérangé were hand-selected by tasting each and every one. This red blend is full of black cherry, clove spice, blackberry cobbler, and vanilla toast. The mouthfeel is full on the entry and the soft tannins and balanced acidity are a delicious combo.
Cabernet Sauvignon – Provides structure, density, black cherry
Petite Sirah – Richness, mid palate, concentration
Merlot – Blackberry cobbler, juiciness, acidity
Syrah – Violet, spice, earthiness, depth
Zinfandel – Glue bringing varietals together, softness, red cherry
York Creek Vineyard is located high on the south facing slopes of the Spring Mountain District in St. Helena. We source Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from this vineyard but they grow 15 different varieties on this rugged site. Fritz Maytag of Maytag Blue Cheese and Anchor Steam Brewing purchased the land in 1968 and planted grapes in amongst the native forests and rambling streams that flourish there. The vineyard produces deep colored wines, full of spice and dark fruit flavors.
Merlot and Syrah
Lee Hudson has been farming in the Los Carneros Appellation since the early 1980’s. His enthusiasm for his land and all that it is capable of producing is infectious and unparalleled. While Hudson Vineyards is most well-known for Chardonnay, Lee has maintained a block of Merlot which we are fortunate to include in Thorn. This cool climate Merlot vineyard provides the backbone of aromas and dark fruit flavors.