Through further study of the Cooley Ranch, distinct blocks like Sky High, Thompson and Prune Orchard caught the eye of winemaker Justin Seidenfeld and winegrower Ryan Decker. These blocks inspired a sister wine to 600L which we have named 600R, paying homage to the legendary Merlot and Cabernet Franc blends from the Right Bank region of Bordeaux.
2017 will be the first vintage of 600R and even in its youth the wine strikes an ethereal note as it dances across the palate. Cascading flavors of red plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and the signature minerality of the Cooley Ranch are all wrapped in a velvety finish lasting for minutes.
51% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
The majestic and untamed expanse of the Cooley Ranch continues to inspire as the iron-rich metamorphic soils yield a character distinct from any other hillside plantings in California. As we reflect back upon our first plantings of Bordeaux-inspired varietals ten years ago on the highest peaks of Cooley Ranch, our perspective grows into a deeper understanding of the potential that we have tapped into.
Appellation: 100% Sonoma County (Cooley Ranch)
Varietal: Red Blend
TA: 0.58 gm/100ml
Cellar & Fermentation: Fermented in custom made 600 liter barrels, aged 24 months in 100% new French oak