70% Chambourcin 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Touriga 3% Merlot
The nose is quite fruit forward leaning towards more blue and black fruits, which is a signature of the Chambourcin grape, with a hint of something more floral such as lilac. The palate is quite vibrant due to the higher acidity (again, due to the Chambourcin grape) with just enough oak influence to keep everything in proportion. Smooth tannins give this an intriguing length, coupled with the higher acidity means you could lay this wine down for up to 7 years. Very pretty, could use a bit more time in the bottle.
A truly democratic wine, “made by the people for the people”. Consensus is an annual red wine blend crafted by the Keswick Vineyards Wine Club. Each year Keswick Vineyards hold a competition that sees several hundred contestors forming small teams and competing for the best red wine blend. Each day of the competition Wine Club members both blend and judge in blind tastings, earning scores between 1-20. The team with the highest score moves on to the second round of judging. After all teams have tasted and scored wines, the wines that moved onto the second round are recreated and judged by professional wine critics from around the state. Each vintage of Consensus has the winning team represented on the label, along with all the other finalists.
Each of the varietals received different and seperate treatment depending on the ripeness of the grape. The varietals all in seperate barrels consisting of 40% French oak, 60% American oak, 20% New Oak. Blending took place a few days before bottling and received a light filtration to remove any remaining lees.
Only 125 cases produced.