The 2010 Francis Tannahill Blind Love is a beautiful, rich golden color. The initial mineral laden aromas are of acacia blossoms, minerals, tangerine, lemon honey, poached pear, grape blossoms and apricots. As the wine opens up, more luscious aromas of roasted nuts, truffles and grilled toast with honey emerge. The wine enters the palate with tremendous minerality balanced by viscous texture. The attack is lush and large-scaled with flavors that closely mirror the aromatics. The mid-palate continues the theme of tension between richness and minerality, yet at this point beautiful acidity makes an entrance to support and give definition to the wine. The finish is long and ends with strong flavors of grilled nuts, wet stones and honey.
"They say if you get far enough away, you'll be on your way back home
Must be blind love, only kind of love is stone blind love." - Tom Waits
This wine is sourced from the LIVE certified Fort Miller Vineyard located just 16 miles north of the California border in Oregon. Planted on an east facing slope that falls a little to the south, the soil is mostly sandy loam composed of volcanic ash with chunks of quartz, mica and granite over hard bedrock. The vineyard sits at a fairly high altitude which allows the nights to be cool even in this very warm climate. Changes in temperature give a great density to the wine while retaining finesse. The aspect of this vineyard also allows for the vines to receive first morning daylight and warmth while avoiding the harsh afternoon sun and heat. Fort Miller Vineyard is owned by Don and Traute Moore and farmed by Chris Hubert. They have planted some of the only Roussanne and Marsanne in Oregon & have not only become great growers for us by great friends as well.
This wine is a pure creation and expression of the vineyard. The grapes were whole cluster pressed together and settled overnight. The juice was then racked into older French acacia wood barrels. Then fermented with native yeasts and aged on its light lees for 15 months. After a strict selection the wine was blended and bottled in late January 2012.