Slate is a non-vintage blend that first appeared on our tasting menu in Fall, 2011. That first release of Slate was drawn from the 2007 and 2008 vintages, with a bit of 2010 in to bring in some freshness in the fruit. While it tasted like a classic Bordeaux style blend, it had 31% Syrah in the blend. Since that time, Slate has been made by using solely our Bordeaux grapes. Slate is made using the more tannic, pressed wine, which generally gets a longer period of barrel aging. Slate 6, however, only saw 18 months of barrel aging; yet I’d assume that it is made mostly from our press wines. Speaking of 18 months; one can discern that this wine is made from our 2017 vintage growing season. Despite being able to call this a “vintage” release, we are keeping the naming consistent and calling it Slate 6.