Red Blend – Sierra Foothills
46% Zinfandel (Shenandoah AVA), 35% Petite Sirah (Fairplay AVA Element 79 Vineyards), 13% Barbera (Calaveras AVA Rorick Heritage Vineyard), 3% Syrah (Fairplay AVA Element 79 Vineyards), 3% Grenache (Fairplay AVA Perry Creek Vineyard).
Petite Sirah from Element 79 Vineyard, Fair Play AVA. Just south of Placerville, at an elevation of 2400 ft, you will find the Fair Play AVA. High mountainsides and deep granite soils develop grapes for intense wines. This area has been growing incredible wine grapes since the California Gold Rush, yet it is still a relatively unknown, untapped goldmine of high quality fruit.
Each vineyard is picked separately. The grapes are crushed and Destemmed. Cold soaking for 3 days. Fermentation at 85ºF. Rack and Return. Extensive skin maceration – 10 to 20 days. Aged and blended in French oak for 9 months, 30% new. 14.7% alcohol. 1500 cases produced.
About the Producer
Omen wines are hand-crafted from high-quality fruit purchased from “hidden gem” AVA vineyards.
High on the hilltops in California sits an abandoned monastery that undisputedly has the best view of the Santa Rita Hills. It is there that Atlas Vineyard Management is lucky enough to farm what is considered to be one of the best places on the planet to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One Spring day in 2014, an AVM team member took and instagrammed a photo of the monastery. "The photo was hauntingly beautiful so we printed it out and taped it to a wine bottle. We thought it would make a great label. Visitors loved the bottle and excitedly asked if that was our own wine that we were making. After what seemed liked hundreds of inquiries it was obvious that it was a sign! We needed to make our own wine, and so Omen was born. Today that original Instagram photo is still featured on our Sierra Foothills Red Blend bottle and it has inspired a series of other photos and wines that we are proud to offer as part of our Omen line."
Winemaker Alexandre Remy hails from Rennes, France. He holds a master’s degree in food science from the University of Montpellier. His desire to make wine took him to Marlborough, Victoria and Napa Valley.
Sustainability: Omen is committed to sustainability, from the vineyards all the way to the labels, printed on 100% recycled materials. Starting with the 2015 vintage, they are only using Diam Corks, a company that not only has an amazing environmental policy and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, but also guarantees closures that are cork taint free. For the vinification, Omen partners with wineries that are within 50 miles of where the grapes are grown. The barrels used are made from French oak staves but are assembled right here in the USA. Finally, Omen works exclusively with warehouses that support The Green Initiative Fund. The wines are vegan.
“ I want to provide the American consumer the same benefits that the French take for granted, great wines at great value. In the USA it is rare to find great quality wines at affordable prices” Alexandre Remy