Tantara Hank's Faultline Blend 2004

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· Longtime friends Jeff Fink and Bill Cates' mission is to make world class wine and have a good time doing it. · Tantara was the name of a horse owned by Bill Cates, who lived a long life embodying elegance, grace and power · Since 1997, Tantara has been dedicated to producing the finest Pinot and Chardonnay in Santa Barbara CountyTantra Winery one of the premier Central Coast California Wineries renowned for their classic Italian styling of wines; Hank's Blend is a Sangiovese based with a earthy, sensuous aromatic appeal. The Sangiovese is backed up with hints of Pinot Noir and Syrah to yield a Creamy oakiness that opens up within an hour of breathing to reveal sumptuous flavors of mulberry, raspberry, red plums, and custard are full and fleshy, and finish with earthy notes and blood oranges. While a lighter transparent rouge color, this fine wine proves to be very full in the mouth and a joy to savor!

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Winery: Tantara Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest factor in 2007 was the very low rainfall. In the Santa Barbara County we received only about 3-4” of rain, about 1/3 of normal; and irrigation was not able to completely make up the deficit. Additionally, very cool weather in May at flowering contributed to a poor fruit set which further reduced antici... Read more
The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest factor in 2007 was the very low rainfall. In the Santa Barbara County we received only about 3-4” of rain, about 1/3 of normal; and irrigation was not able to completely make up the deficit. Additionally, very cool weather in May at flowering contributed to a poor fruit set which further reduced anticipated yields from all the vineyards that we source fruit. Pinot Noir suffered the most. Consequently, our net Pinot Noir harvest was down 33% from 2007. Now the good news: despite the extremely low yields and a Labor Day weekend heat spike, harvest took place in beautiful moderate weather, finishing at the middle of November with the last of the Syrah going into barrel. The fruit of all varietals was almost uniformly uneven in berry size on the clusters. Known as “hens and chicks”in English and “millerandage” in French, the very smallest berries are immature - that is, they have no seeds - and produce extremely concentrated juice. As might be expected, though there is less of it, the wines from Chardonnay to Pinot to Syrah are all very intense. There is very high fruit extract, but fortunately the requisite tannins and acidity to provide a framework for the wines. All the wines are currently still in the throes of their malos. Since we don’t add cultures to promote the malolactic fermentations, these finish at their own pace, usually in late spring. Tasting can be a bit tricky until the malos are complete, but it’s safe to say that there will a number of very deeply colored reds and powerful whites in the Tantara stable for 2007. We just wish there were more of it. Read less
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· Longtime friends Jeff Fink and Bill Cates' mission is to make world class wine and have a good time doing it. · Tantara was the name of a horse owned by Bill Cates, who lived a long life embodying elegance, grace and power · Since 1997, Tantara has been dedicated to producing the finest Pinot and Chardonnay in Santa Barbara CountyTantra Winery one of the premier Central Coast California Wineries renowned for their classic Italian styling of wines; Hank's Blend is a Sangiovese based with a earthy, sensuous aromatic appeal. The Sangiovese is backed up with hints of Pinot Noir and Syrah to yield a Creamy oakiness that opens up within an hour of breathing to reveal sumptuous flavors of mulberry, raspberry, red plums, and custard are full and fleshy, and finish with earthy notes and blood oranges. While a lighter transparent rouge color, this fine wine proves to be very full in the mouth and a joy to savor!

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