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VINTAGE 2004 RELEASE DATE April 2007 AVAILABLIITY Winery Only CASE PRODUCTION 480 VINEYARD Stone Farm Vineyard Certif...Read more...
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VINTAGE 2004 RELEASE DATE April 2007 AVAILABLIITY Winery Only CASE PRODUCTION 480 VINEYARD Stone Farm Vineyard Certified Organic APPELLATION Sonoma Valley VINEYARD: Cabernet Sauvignon and other hearty red varietals thrive in the rocky loam soil of Stone Farm Vineyard; as the vines expend most of their energy to yearn deep into the ground for water the vigor of the vine is held at bay. The warm Glen Ellen location allows our Cabernet Sauvignon to grow to full maturity while maintaining a desirable low yield. VINTAGE: The amount of rainfall, though early, was normal. Dry weather reigned from March, the warmest March on record, to October. The warm weather jump-started the growing season, making farmers nervous (more much time for things to go badly). Things did cool down for spring extending bloom. Periods of long bloom affect uniformity in reds causing a potential of uneven ripening within an individual grape cluster. In our vineyards, we green drop' to balance the crop and eliminate late ripening fruit at the end of verasion. Summer was moderate without any heat waves; but it was humid raising concerns of mildew. By the end of July it was evident that an early harvest was upon us. High temperatures are not unusual in late summer and early fall but humidity under 20% is very unusual. In fact the average low humidity over the previous five years didn't go below 30%. Extended periods of hot, dry weather are difficult for a grapevine to endure. With almost two weeks of 10 - 20% humidity in late August and September, mildew was now the least of concerns! Grape sugar was soaring before flavors had matured; our growers did a great job sustaining vineyards until flavors developed. By the end of September we were evaluating an outstanding vintage. 2004 is a vintage of ripe and well-developed flavors with the best overall quality in years.
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