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Flowers Perennial 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully de-stemmed with no crushing. Moderate cold soaks (4-5 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F), and minimal punchdowns (twice a day or less) were done this year in order to wet the caps of the fermentation and introduce air. Total skin contact ranged from 16-22 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on light fermentation lees for ML. Racking was minimal with only one assemblage being done in the spring to allow the blend to "marry" in barrel for a few months before bottling.

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Flowers Vineyard & Winery:
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a sma... Read more
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that's exactly where they landed. In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces 15,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge and Flowers Ranch, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews. In addition to direct consumer sales, the wines are sold to fine restaurants and retailers in the US and overseas. Read less

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Tasting Notes:

Floral and toasty aromas abound in this year's version of Perennial; roses, blackberry, plum and anise. Savory flavors of black pepper, ripe dark fruits, and cassis make up the core with nuances of cocoa and cranberries for added density. Texture is rich and chewy with a lingering finish. Delicious upon release.

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully de-stemmed with no crushing. Moderate cold soaks (4-5 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F), and minimal punchdowns (twice a day or less) were done this year in order to wet the caps of the fermentation and introduce air. Total skin contact ranged from 16-22 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on light fermentation lees for ML. Racking was minimal with only one assemblage being done in the spring to allow the blend to "marry" in barrel for a few months before bottling.

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Notes: 100% French oak; 25% new. Time in barrel = 11 months

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.55 grams per liter

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