Equinox Red

Bonterra Equinox Red - 2019 vintage

Equinox RedThis product is from the Organically Farmed Collection

California | Crafted from Certified Organically Grown Grapes
JEFF CICHOCKI, WINEMAKER

VINEYARD NOTES
A nod to the sun’s twice-yearly journey across the celestial equator—which gives us a day and night of equal length, or an equinox, each fall and spring—Equinox Red honors the many ways nature demonstrates balance. The fruit for this wine was sourced from organic vineyards throughout California, including Paso Robles, Mendocino and Lake counties. Some of our organically farmed estate sites are represented in the blend. The 2019 vintage was characterized by a cooler growing season, punctuated by the occasional rain shower, which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and develop exceptional depth of flavor.

WINEMAKING NOTES
Harvested in late October and early November, the fruit for this blend was destemmed and pressed before a warm fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The varieties, including Petite Sirah, Merlot and a touch of Zinfandel, were fermented separately to allow their signature characteristics to emerge before blending. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel and was aged with a mix of new and neutral French oak.

TASTING NOTES
Framed by a layered core of Petite Sirah and Merlot, Equinox Red opens with complex aromas of plum, blueberry, blackcurrant and licorice on the nose. A subtle thread of dried herbs lends a savory backdrop to this medium-bodied red blend. A generous mid-palate culminates with ripe tannins and a lingering finish.

TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.66 GRAMS/100ML
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.32 GRAMS/100ML
pH: 3.72
ALCOHOL: 14.5%

This is our newest addition to the Bonterra red wine lineup. We love crafting single varietal expressions, but we had a blast putting this blend together. Much like cooking, with this blend we were able to add our favorite “ingredients” in the form of our best organic varietals. I hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed crafting it!

Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker

  • Testimonial

    This is our newest addition to the Bonterra red wine lineup. We love crafting single varietal expressions, but we had a blast putting this blend together. Much like cooking, with this blend we were able to add our favorite “ingredients” in the form of our best organic varietals. I hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed crafting it!

    Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker

Awards

90 Points, 2018 Vintage

James Suckling, December 2020
A fruity and focused red with cherry, slate and some walnut character. Medium-bodied. Delicious finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.

90 Points, 2017 Vintage

Planet Grape Wine Review, October 2019 Issue

Full, lightly chewy, fresh and dry with notes of raspberry, boysenberry, bay leaf, cumin and cedar. Organic grapes.

90 Points, 2016 Vintage, Editors' Choice

Wine Enthusiast, February 2019 Issue

A firm texture and big, earthy black-fruit flavors give this full-bodied wine plenty of presence. It tastes of blackberry, cranberry and dark chocolate while it feels tannic and grippy on the palate. Merlot and Petite Sirah are the two main components in the blend.

  • Awards
    90 Points, 2018 Vintage

    James Suckling, December 2020
    A fruity and focused red with cherry, slate and some walnut character. Medium-bodied. Delicious finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.

    90 Points, 2017 Vintage

    Planet Grape Wine Review, October 2019 Issue

    Full, lightly chewy, fresh and dry with notes of raspberry, boysenberry, bay leaf, cumin and cedar. Organic grapes.

    90 Points, 2016 Vintage, Editors' Choice

    Wine Enthusiast, February 2019 Issue

    A firm texture and big, earthy black-fruit flavors give this full-bodied wine plenty of presence. It tastes of blackberry, cranberry and dark chocolate while it feels tannic and grippy on the palate. Merlot and Petite Sirah are the two main components in the blend.

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