VINTAGE 2005 RETAIL$16 OFFER PRICE:125.88 per case ($10.49 per bottle)AVAILABILITY Winery and National Markets APPELL...Read more...
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VINTAGE 2005 RETAIL$16 OFFER PRICE:125.88 per case ($10.49 per bottle)AVAILABILITY Winery and National Markets APPELLATION North Coast WINEMAKING: Grapes from both warm and cool vineyard sites were hand-selected to bring added complexity to the finished wine. Once harvested, the grapes were crushed and individually cold-soaked prior to fermentation to extract color and intensity while reigning in tannins. Each lot was aged in oak barrels for 14 months. The wines were then blended and bottled in January of 2007. VINTAGE: What began as a heartbreakingly difficult growing season with a cold, wet spring and periodic rains throughout the summer, would become one of Sonomas most surprising standout vintages. As harvest approached, we knew that a single rainy day could cost us the vintage. But instead of rain, we got a miracle: 30-plus days of perfect Indian summer. Whats more, the grapes continued to gain weight late in the year, which slowed and lengthened the ripening process. This bit of serendipity combined with great weather brought our grapes to optimal ripeness. We picked the last grapes on November 11the latest ever for us in Sonoma. A truly exceptional harvest, 2005 saw both exquisite quality and superb yields.
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