Decoy Napa Valley Red 2005
Harvest Notes The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring; annual rainfall totals were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of 1997, where we had an abundant harvest of remarkable quality. Comments from the Winemaker This inviting wine is well-rounded with forward fruit balanced by smooth, supple tannins and a lingering finish. The aroma is approachable with black cherry, ripe berry, and floral notes of violet and rose petal. The flavors are ripe with fresh fruit including blackberry, black cherry, and cassis complemented by a spicy note of white pepper. Varietal Content 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 36% Merlot 11% Cabernet Franc 8% Petit Verdot Harvest Information Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 13 — November 1, 2005 Average Sugar at Harvest: 26° Brix 38 Vineyards Harvested Cooperage 100% French Oak château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 16 Months Age of Barrels: 5% new, 95% second vintage Technical Data Alcohol: 14.5% 0.63 g/100 ml titratable acidity 8-10 days fermentation at 80°F pH: 3.60 Bottled: February 2007 Released: April 2007
Kinda left looking for something. I've been impressed with other vintages... Just not a great one. A bit sour--not so much that it is ruined for me--and thinner than what I was expecting. Would totally be worth it for a couple dollars less.