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At merely 2.75 tons per acre, the grapes for West Face are grown on thesteep slopes of Ferrari-Carano's LookOut Mountain which sits at the junctionof Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations. Thisspectacular mountain vineyard boasts 360 degree views, soaring in elevationfrom 500 to 1,400 feet, with soils deep, red and rich with nutrients. Dark,concentrated aromas of blackberry syrup, baking spices and toasted oaksurround flavors of warm berry pie, butterscotch and milk chocolate. Opulentroasted, caramel oak flavors come through with plentiful, silky tanninsproviding textural proof of this wine's ageability
Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that add impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. A combination of French clones 337 and 338 were selected specifically for Back Forty because of their small berry size and rich tannins. The grapes for Back Forty are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 28—35 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 20 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
Notes: 80% new French and 20% older French oak barrels
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