To help round out the wine, we continued our traditional extended barrel aging program; not to give the wine more oak or vanilla characters, but to give the wine more time in the micro-aerative environment of the barrel to enhance tannin polymerization. For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of dark berries, plum, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle; followed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish.
Varietal Percentage: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot.
Age of vines and soil type: 18-26 year old vines panted in deep volcanic soils.
Date picked: 9/7/08 -- 10/1/08.
Harvest Sugar: 26.9 degrees Brix.
Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 12 days, 67-92 F.
Fermentation container/maceration: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.
Analysis at bottling
Aging and bottling
Length/type of aging: 33 months in 60 gal Oak barrels: 45% new French, 55% 2-3 year old French.
Bottled: May 2011.
Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.
Number of cases produced: 2452 cases.
Release Date: March 2012.
Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.