What happens when Côte-Rôtie goes punk rock? This. Cool Confusion is a co-fermented 90% Syrah / 10% Viognier passion project from our winemaking team. It's absolutely killer and we only made 24 cases.
Quick history lesson. Côte-Rôtie is a region in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, where Syrah (a red grape) often grows alongside Viognier (a white grape). Back in the day, OG French winemakers started picking and co-fermenting the grapes together. Seems confusing, but check it. The Syrah brings classic blackberry and black cherry Syrahness while the Viognier intensifies color, enhances the mouthfeel, and contributes floral aromatics. Sounds cool, right? That's because it is.
And here's where it gets punk rock. Our winemaker, Bertus, scored us fruit from the mother-f'ing Shake Ridge Ranch! Yes, the world-famous Amador County vineyard owned by legendary viticulturist Ann Kraemer. If you aren't familiar, read up, this is mythical territory when it comes to terroir. Situated 1,800 feet above sea level, the cool air from the Sierras makes for a long growing season, helping fruit retain fresh acidity and texture. To make a wine from such sacred vines is an absolute honor.
Rather than ferment the fruit separately and blend at a later time, we cranked up The Clash, foot-stomped our two varieties together, and let them co-ferment. This is where the Viognier works its magic to make the Syrah a better, more vibrant version of itself.
And wait until you smell this thing, it's bubbling with cherry cola and blackberry aromas and just a dash of cracked black pepper. While purple and weighty in the glass, once the wine gets inside your mouth it's smooth-sailing with round flavors of raspberry, rhubarb pie, and hints of tobacco. We can drink this stuff all night.
Oh, and to bless our punk rock rendition of this Côte-Rôtie classic, we decided to blow out our Mohawks.
Cool Confusion is an ultra limited-edition bottling made exclusively for our hardcore fans.
Rock on 🤘.
Appellation: Sierra Foothills
Vineyard: Shake Ridge Ranch
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier