The Art of Blending
The final blend of a specific vintage is the culmination of years of planning, farming and tending. And while highly technical, it is also a non-linear process. How does adding two percent of a specific lot to the blend work, yet four percent does not? Over the course of several critical weeks each winter, Austin and his team taste through dozens of individual blocks and fermentations, with hundreds of permutations, before deciding on the blend that best expresses our vineyard and the year that was.
At harvest, the lots that are deemed complimentary are sometimes co-fermented in tank together. With this calculated risk, one cannot determine what characteristics come from which lot, but together – through the fermentation process – a unique wine emerges.
Fully fermented wines are then brought to the blending bench in the lab for their third and last chance at blending. Here, the wine begins taking its most recognizable form. In a collaborative and joyful effort, the winemaking team tastes and discusses each lot, with Austin determining the final blend.
Neither legacy nor individual brilliance determines which grapes make it into OVID Napa Valley. In other terms, a wine that sings on its own but cannot make a melody with other members of our vinous blending chorus will not make the blend. Harmonious lots that bring the best qualities out in one another are valued above all else.