2014 Four Oak Red
The 2014 Four Oak Red is a new wine for us at Chankaska. When Josie and I were working on the 2014 Creekside Red, we made a blend that was far better than any other of our trial blends. However, it would only make 150 cases so we couldn’t make it into our Creekside blend. So we kept 6 barrels aside and allowed it to age for another 5 months. We combine the best of several appellations in California: Napa Valley, Lake County and Lodi.
I go to the Napa Valley every year to source the best fruit for the blend. The Four Oak Red is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot. The lots were fermented and then blended in August of 2015 and sent back to barrel for another 5 months. The Four Oak Red was Cross Flow Filtered before going into the bottle. It is a wine that tastes great right out of the bottle but will continue to age for another 8 to 10 years.
This rich wine shows obvious notes of dark fruit with sweet oak tannins. The Petite Sirah gives it a dark berry component while the Sangiovese gives it the acidity it needs for a long life in bottle. It would make an ideal pairing with a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon from Schmidt’s! Enjoy!