2013 Zoe's Dance Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain

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Petit Verdot truly is the quintessential Bordeaux variety.  Intensity can be used to describe every aspect of its character from its color which is so dark and deep that it is nearly impossible to see through it to its aromas of black fruits and spices. On the palate it has dense tannins.  While Merlot from Ciel du Cheval is also known for being intense, it is more elegant with layer after layer of complexity. Zoe's Dance is a blend of these two grapes. The Merlot providing grace and complexity, while the Petit Verdot provides power.  Together they create a wine worthy of aging.

Fermented in separate lots. Aged for 22 months in neutral oak barrels.


An incredibly deeply colored wine. Aromas of blackberry, red fruits, violet, and mint emerge at first, followed by hints of leather and game. The palette is spicy with berry and slightly sweet oak flavors. The mouth feel is supple with a long fine-grained  dusty finish. 91 cases produced. Learn more ...

Planned Release Date: March 1st, 2017.

Vintage2013
Varietal Composition50% Merlot
50% Petit Verdot
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardCiel du Ceval
Acid6.0 g/l
PH3.78
Aging22 months in neutral oak barrels
Alcohol14.45%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml

89 points, Vinous
By Stephen Tanzer

Medium red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, violet and licorice, plus a hint of minerality. Rather clenched and unyielding following the 2012 Merlot, but sappy, intense and densely packed, showing a restrained sweetness to its medicinal black fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Spreads out horizontally to saturate the palate with dusty tannins on the rising finish. No shortage of spine here.

-Stephen Tanzer (November, 2015)

2012 Production Team

A grower owned winery, Côtes de Ciel was founded in 2012 by the Holmes family of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. At Côtes de Ciel, we believe that all wine starts its journey in the vineyard and moves through the winery. Throughout this process, many people make a significant contribution and impact on the wine. Below are a few of the key people that impacted the 2012 vintage.

Richard Holmes Winemaker
Ryan Johnson Vineyard Manger
Sadie Drury Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

2013 Zoe's Dance Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain
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