2020 Ambush

2020 Ambush

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"Spiced plums, chocolate, leafy herbs and underbrush notes all emerge from the 2020 The Ambush Fox Family Vineyard, a medium to full-bodied, ripe, round, sexy blend of 56% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah, and the rest Zinfandel that saw a touch of stems and aging in used 500-liter barrels and puncheons. It has terrific purity, ripe tannins, and outstanding length."  ∼ Jeb Dunnuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard - 56% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah, and 6% Zinfandel

Barrel Aging and Cooperage:  Twenty-two months in four year old 500L French oak puncheon (T. Mercurey) and French oak barrels.

Winemaking:  This is a top barrel selection blend from all of the red varieties planted at the Fox Family Vineyard (Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel). The vineyard is densely planted, organically grown and farmed entirely by hand in the hills of Los Olivos. The steep slopes and rocky/shale soils lead to very light yields in the 2.0-3.3 tons/acre range with extraordinary concentration and purity of fruit. My goal is to create an Estate Blend which demonstrates the best of which this vineyard has to offer. These grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted, partially destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 90% whole berries and 20% whole-cluster. The musts were cold-soaked for 4-6 days, with the addition of dry-ice, prior to inoculation and punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to French oak Puncheon and barrels for aging. Ambush was racked from barrel, blended and bottled in late August of 2022.

Production:  90 cases made

Bottle Aging:  Ages beautifully for up to 7-8 years

Regular Price: $75 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $60 per bottle


Wine Specs

Vintage 2020
Varietal Red Blend
Appellation Santa Barbara County

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