Also notes of Black Currant, Black Cherry, Licorice, Clove, Caramel, Raspberry, plum & Burnt Toffee.
Genesis is our "flagship" wine and also our best-selling wine! The Miller's eldest daughter Elizabeth named it after the first book of the bible - since it was Yonah's first wine they ever made, and it was their beginning. We source these high-quality grapes mainly from Beckstoffer Vineyards in Lake County, California, to capture the taste and style that the Millers wanted to bring to Georgia.
100% California - Primarily Lake County, small amount of Lodi & a hint of Howell Mountain
48% Merlot, 24% cabernet sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Original Genesis was a 2006 harvest. We add some of the previous Genesis to the next one, so it is considered a NonVintage Wine.
Good to Know
These Vineyards produce 3,600 acres of some of the highest quality grapes in the world. Each generation of Genesis is a unique Bordeaux style blend, and technically Genesis 11 would be considered a "Right Bank Bordeaux."
To find the blend for Gen 11, Tristen tasted through 95 barrels to find the best of best--also known as "barrel select". Only 32 barrels made the cut.
Gen 11 is made from 3 different vintages, 2015 (10%), 2016 (50%) and 2017 (40%), and aged in majority French oak along with a little Hungarian thrown in to aid in mid-palate mouthfeel.
This is one of a more unique blend for our flagship wine. The Genesis 10 was intended to be a Cabernet powerhouse (58%) to celebrate our 10th rendition, where for Genesis 11 we have gone back to the Merlot dominant blend of the past.
However, for the first time, Petit Verdot became a much heavier portion that really encompasses without overpowering. We always put a previous barrel of Genesis into the next years (similar to what they do with Champagne), and we may have accidentally added one barrel of 2015 Totem to the mix. Shhhh.