Spirit of Distraction
Paso Robles Willow Creek District
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The light and approachable blend undergoes aging in neutral oak puncheons. From a west-facing hilltop block, the Syrah brings concentrated fruit and adds a darker backbone to the blend.
The wine gracefully showcases hints of green herbal notes, while maintaining a well-balanced composition of structural tannins and acidity. Designed with a medium body and a satisfying tight structure on the palate, it is recommended to give it time and aeration for optimal softening and expression.
This wine entices with a dark and inviting nose, reminiscent of a luscious red fruit dessert and aromatic spices. It balances acidity and tannins, adding depth and structure to its enticing character.
The Story: Bill, the accidental adventure chaser! He went all in, sold every darn thing he owned and moved to California to chase the dream and live on an old boat named "Spirit of Aloha." But man, that name didn't quite float his boat, so he decided to flip the script and rename it "Distraction." Solid choice, right? But here's where it gets hilariously awesome. On his final training voyage, Mother Nature went all wild with high seas, and the crew? Well, they couldn't quite get their words straight. "Spirit of Distraction" it was, a combo of both names. But you know what? That's life, isn't it? Unexpected waves tossing you around, and yet, somehow, "Spirit of Distraction" was the perfect name. When life throws you a big wave, you pivot, and you still make it rock. 🌊🛥️ The Wine: This Grenache Blanc was snagged at a chill 20 brix to keep that killer acidity and steer clear of going too ripe. Even when a crazy heatwave hit over Labor Day weekend, with temps topping 103 degrees, this wine didn't bat an eye – talk about a champ! The way we worked our magic on this juice is pretty rad. Half got the stainless steel treatment with commercial yeast, going through a slow, cold fermentation to lock in those delicate fruity notes. Meanwhile, the other half partied in 500L puncheons, going all natural with the fermentation process. And guess what? The barrel crew brought the heat – faster and warmer fermentation, plus some lees action for that extra texture. Oh, and the oak game? Zero flavor added, thanks to the neutral oak chilling in those big barrels. So there you have it – a Grenache Blanc that's all about that acid, those fruit notes, and a seriously smooth texture. Cheers to keeping things fresh and awesome!
The Story: Rotta Winery's been in the Zinfandel game since forever. Way before it was cool, and continued during that whole prohibition period (but hush, you didn't hear it from us). So, when the rebrand thing came around, we knew one thing for sure: Rotta's name stays with Zin. And how'd we do that? Well, by giving that Zinfandel the ultimate tribute – the Rotta name right there on the label. But here's the kicker: tradition's our thing. Handmaking that wine? You bet. And we don't stop there – even the cleaning has that hands on touch. You see that kid Mike G. in the pic? He is getting down and dirty cleaning the tank. It's that kind of dedication that's been with us since day one. So, next time you're sipping on that Rotta Zin – you're getting a taste of history, heart, and the kind of spirit that doesn't back down. 🍇🍷🧼 The Wine: Our winemaker's also the farmer, and that's where the magic happens. We're talking multiple picks, and each part of the vineyard gets its own spotlight during fermentation. It's like a symphony of flavors, with crushed fruit and whole berry clusters all blending in perfect harmony. And that's not all – we're all about complexity. We teamed up standard barriques and puncheons for an extra punch. Imagine this wine as your ultimate chill buddy – it's got that soft, easygoing nature, and those brambly fruit flavors. And let's not forget the structure and acidity – they're in the game, making sure you get those blackberry kicks and bright fruit twists. The finish? Think plush, like the coziest blanket ever, and there's this awesome lack of that typical Zin heat on the finish.
The Story: No Forwarding Address – that's the ultimate disappearing act. It's all about cutting ties, hitting the road, and leaving the mundane behind. No more bills, no more emails, just you and the open road. It's like saying, "Catch you later, chaos!" So if you're up for some serious magic, embrace the "No Forwarding Address" vibe and let the adventure begin! The Wine: So, us Americans, we're all about those bold, in-your-face flavors, you know? Like, we want a Mocha Caramel Latte over a plain espresso. And when it comes to wine, we're talking about those big, jam-packed ones with that vanilla kick from the oak barrels. But hey, we disagree that flavor can only come from cooked fruit – ever had a fresh fruit trifle? Now, let's talk wine lingo for a sec. Usually, a non-vintage (NV) wine is like a mixtape of leftover wines from previous years, just trying to make something decent. But we're flipping that script. We've taken fresh barrels of Counoise and Carignan straight from the recent 2022 harvest and blended them with some more structured, though still young, Grenache and Zinfandel from 2021. Imagine this: a burst of those red berries hitting your taste buds, and then a herby twist as you finish. Oh, and by the way, this baby's best enjoyed nice and chilled.