Family Cuvee is a fun red blend that winemaker Andy Schweiger came up with just for the wine club. It showcases one of our smallest varietals – both in berry size and amount of vines planted – Petite Sirah. This provides incredibly rich color and flavor profiles that envelop you into a cozy wine perfect for the turning of fall into the holiday season. With less than 200 cases produced each year, don’t miss your chance to stock up for the winter!
Vintages Available : SOLD OUT. 2016 Vintage will be released in Fall 2019
Current Release: 2015 Family Cuvee
VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite
Sirah, and 1% Malbec
AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 24‐32 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000′ elevation.
DATE PICKED: 9/1/15 – 9/23/15
AVERAGE HARVEST SUGAR: 25.8 degrees Brix
AVE. FERMENTATION TIME/TEMPERATURE RANGE: 11 days, 65–92 F
FERMENTATION CONTAINER/MACERATION: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.
ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING
Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.74 TA: 6.2 g/L VA: 0.52 g/L R.S.: Dry
LENGTH/TYPE OF AGING: 33 months in 60 gal Oak barrels: 45% new French Oak, 55% 2–3 year old French Oak.
BOTTLED: May 2018.
APPROXIMATE LIFESPAN (under proper cellar conditions): 12‐15 years.
CASES PRODUCED: 179 cases
WINEMAKER: Andrew T. Schweiger
VINTAGE AND WINEMAKER’S NOTES: You hold in your hand an exclusively crafted wine made with appreciation for our Schweiger Vineyards wine club family. This limited production Family Cuvee is composed entirely of estate grown varietals. This blend melds intense coffee, toffee, and earth aromas with elegant, jammy blackberry, currant, Herbs de Provence, and ripe cherry.