Planted to all five Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah, the Erba Mountainside Vineyard team has been blessed with a ...Read more...
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Take your time to enjoy this, Paul Erba's wines are modestly restrained at first, but, once decanted there's no way to escape the breadth of quality he and Kristof Anderson have managed to get in the bottle. Opulence, power, richness of Cabernet all couple with this exotic thread that radiates from the volcanic soils of Atlas Peak. Undeniably, a REAL wine and something of a must for your cellar.
Planted to all five Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah, the Erba Mountainside Vineyard team has been blessed with a ‘next to perfect’ setting nestled well above the fog line. The vineyard is a twenty acre parcel consisting of fourteen blocks. Each row receives abundant sunshine through the early morning and mid-day, followed by forgiving Westerly breezes and cooling shade in the afternoon. To put it simply, each acre of Erba Mountainside grapes ripens without over exposure to maintain structure and vineyard characteristics. The premiere 2003 releases of Erba Mountainside Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah consistently display a dark and richly complex, site specific character that you would only expect from the most seasoned wines. It all begins in that ‘next to perfect’ setting. Climate: Located on the Western slope of Atlas Peak, Erba Mountainside Vineyard typically receives early morning and mid afternoon sun. The soils are volcanic and porous enabling the heat to radiate. Cooling breezes typically rush through the mountains at times taking the temperature down 30° F by late afternoon. The temperature change is vital to maintain acid structure in the grapes. Winemaking: Winemaker Kristof Anderson believes that winemaking begins in the vineyard and works closely with his vineyard management team to best understand the performance of each block. After harvest, clusters are destemmed and sorted prior to crushing. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrique. 100% French Oak is used throughout, Cabernet is exposed to 75% new and 25% neutral so as not to overwhelm vineyard characteristics. Tasting Notes: Deep hue of dark purple and quite rich texture seen as the wine is poured. Black cherries, elements of smoke, wet earth, a bit of raspberry and vanilla all on the nose. A very structured wine with big tannins that are quite youthful give way to dominant flavors of black fruits, plums,
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