Iteration

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 : JUST ReleaseD: Iteration XV

Current Release: Iteration XV

VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 25 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

FERMENTATION CONTAINER/MACERATION:

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: 5/18/18

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: We are happy to have Iteration available again—it has been missed since we sold out of Iteration XIV. This release is a lovely, silky, delicate and perfectly melded balance of our Cabernet Sauvignon and brandy, with Flavors of cherries, plums, strawberries, and blackberries enveloped in toasty marshmallow with a dusting of dried fruit and lavender. This is dessert on its own!

Download Printable Version of Iteration XV Tasting Notes

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

FERMENTATION CONTAINER/MACERATION:

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!

Download Printable Version of Iteration XIV Tasting Notes