This 2014 Dedication™ marks the 14th release of our Bordelais project. This wine is a complex and fruity blend incorporating the four most common varietals used in this style of wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Blending such a wine is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of a winemaker’s job. On the nose, our 2014 Dedication™ offers rich dark fruit with faint seasonings of toasted flax seed, cumin, star anise, and minerals. This vintage is a higher than usual percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives it an added weight and complexity, yet its layers remain silky in texture with a delicate rose petal finish. This generously proportioned wine expands as it moves through the palate with a seemingly endless finish. Ultimately, what you’ll find is the classic Schweiger marriage of power and finesse.
VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 22-32 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000′ elevation
AVERAGE HARVEST SUGAR: 264 degrees Brix
AVE. FERMENTATION TIME/TEMPERATURE RANGE: 17 days, 65-94 F
FERMENTATION CONTAINER/MACERATION: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.
ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING:
Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.55 TA: 6.8 g/L V.A.: 0.53 g/L R.S: Dry
LENGTH/TYPE OF AGING: 32 months in new 60 gal French Oak barrels.
BOTTLED: May 2017
APPROXIMATE LIFESPAN (under proper cellar conditions): 20+ years.
CASES PRODUCED: 899
WINEMAKER: Andrew T. Schweiger