A Port-Style Wine
We first began making Port in 1997, always from our estate grown Cabernet grapes, and fortified with high quality brandy. However, after a trip to Portugal, winemaker Andy Schweiger developed a fondness for the growers and winemakers of the Duoro and Porto regions. Even though we are grandfathered in and legally allowed to call it “Port”, we no longer feel right using their legally protected place name. Instead we use the proprietary name of “Iteration” , continued with the use of Roman numeras. We only produce five barrels, to essentially satisfy our wine club…and the staff!
Vintages Available : SOLD OUT Next Release: Iteration XV Fall 2019
Current Release: Iteration XIV
VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 24 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000′ elevation
VINTAGES INCORPORATED: 1997 (<1%), 1998 (<1%), 1999 (<1%), 2000 (<1%), 2002 (<1%), 2004 (<1%), 2005 (<1%), 2008 (<1%), 2009 (<1%), 2011 (1%), 2012 (3%), 2013 (21%), 2016 (76%)
AVERAGE HARVEST SUGAR: 27.9 degrees Brix
AVERAGE FERMENTATION TIME/TEMPERATURE RANGE: 6 days, 68 ‐89 F
Open fermentation in a small container, punched down three times a day.
ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING
LENGTH/TYPE OF AGING: 6‐228 months in 5 year old 60 gal French Oak barrels.
BOTTLED: May, 2017
APPROXIMATE LIFESPAN (under proper cellar conditions): enjoy now through 2099 and beyond!
CASES PRODUCED: Four Barrels
WINEMAKER: Andrew T. Schweiger
VINTAGE AND WINEMAKER’S NOTES: This is the fourteenth Iteration of dessert wines from the Schweiger Family. We make this wine in the tradition of the great winemaking families living along the Douro River in Portugal. In vintages when the conditions are ideal, we blend our Cabernet Sauvignon with carefully selected brandy, preserving the natural sweetness and fruit of the season. To create this release, we blended previous releases of our Cabernet Sauvignon dessert wines to develop a wine of intense aroma and flavor. Every Iteration release is unique and distinctive, with nuances of the previous bottlings. We hope you enjoy this wine as much as we did making it!