The Paring wines are the second label from the acclaimed Hilt and Jonata properties. The Paring Red Blend consists of small lots of fruit from the Jonata estate in Ballard Canyon that do not make the cut for Todos, Desafio or Alma. While not technically biodynamic, the Jonata estate vineyard is farmed to the highest standards; creating a functioning polyculture of bee hives, herds of ruminants, fruit, olives and of course, grapes. No artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used. The winemaking here is identical to that of the Jonata wines; fermentations are entirely native with no added nutrients, enzymes, acids or sugars. In fact, the Paring and Jonata wines are completely identical up until the period of barrel selection and blending.
The 2014 Paring Red Blend is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot and was aged in 55% new French oak barrels for a whopping 22 months. This is a serious and structured Bordeaux-blend that hits far above its weight class. In many cases, winemaker Matt Dees choses to use a broader appellation for the Paring wines so as to differentiate them from the Jonata and Hilt Estate wines.
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|