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Scholium Project Petite Sirah California Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards 2005

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Winemaker's notes: The prize jewel of the 2005 harvest. This wine is perhaps less astonishing than the 2005 Cena, but it is much more beautiful, much more direct. It is our best Babylon yet; the clear culmination of our effort and learning in the vineyard- less wild and monstrous than the 2004, more precise and rigorous. We managed to grow the grapes in 2005 without irrigation, in the midst of a very vigourous cover crop, and the vines responded by thinning their own fruit. We had to witness the terrifying phenomenon of clusters spontaneously shrivelling on the vine, day after day, as we waited for perfect ripeness in the vineyard. Not shrivelling from heat, sun, drought-- this would have affected every cluster nearly evenly. Rather, one cluster among four or five or ten would suddenly stop ripening, begin to dimple, then lose all turgor, and within a few days, look like a dessicated corpse. It was not beautiful-- except that we knew that every remaining cluster would be stronger, perhaps had been stronger from the beginning-- that the vine had chosen for us, and had chosen according to the most exacting, and deeply hidden, criteria. How could we not make good wine?

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The vineyard sits in a sheltered slope on the east side of Sonoma Mountain. It gets almost no late afternoon sun, and is washed by constant marine breezes that pass through a notch in the mountain to its back. The coolness of the site absolutely determines the nature of the fruit. Absolutely-- but not alone. The vineyard slopes in two directions and the soil is a beautiful mixture of rich hill-... Read more
The vineyard sits in a sheltered slope on the east side of Sonoma Mountain. It gets almost no late afternoon sun, and is washed by constant marine breezes that pass through a notch in the mountain to its back. The coolness of the site absolutely determines the nature of the fruit. Absolutely-- but not alone. The vineyard slopes in two directions and the soil is a beautiful mixture of rich hill-side loam, gravel, and cobble. This combination of cool climate and excellent drainage afford very uncommon conditions for northern California Sauvignon Blanc. Two vineyard offered two harvests in 2005; and so, two wines. The first has had its malolactic fermentation arrested and will age for seven months in neutral oak; the second, from crushed, botrytised fruit, is already nearly dry and will age for a year or two in 50% new oak, mostly 30 gallon barrels. The wine is smoky and dense and points us to the excesses of imperial Roman banquets Read less

External Reviews for Scholium Project Petite Sirah California Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/21/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards 750ml



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Winemaker's notes: The prize jewel of the 2005 harvest. This wine is perhaps less astonishing than the 2005 Cena, but it is much more beautiful, much more direct. It is our best Babylon yet; the clear culmination of our effort and learning in the vineyard- less wild and monstrous than the 2004, more precise and rigorous. We managed to grow the grapes in 2005 without irrigation, in the midst of a very vigourous cover crop, and the vines responded by thinning their own fruit. We had to witness the terrifying phenomenon of clusters spontaneously shrivelling on the vine, day after day, as we waited for perfect ripeness in the vineyard. Not shrivelling from heat, sun, drought-- this would have affected every cluster nearly evenly. Rather, one cluster among four or five or ten would suddenly stop ripening, begin to dimple, then lose all turgor, and within a few days, look like a dessicated corpse. It was not beautiful-- except that we knew that every remaining cluster would be stronger, perhaps had been stronger from the beginning-- that the vine had chosen for us, and had chosen according to the most exacting, and deeply hidden, criteria. How could we not make good wine?

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