Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
2008 was a fun roller coaster of a growing season. An early, dry spring brought on early budbreak, which may have led to an earlier than normal harvest. However, mother nature kept those spring temperatures and held them very mild throughout the summer. While this VERY long hangtime allowed for very intense and flavorful fruit, our dry farming techniques led to greater water stress and thus lower yields come harvest time. The loss in yield proved to be a tremendous boon in the overall quality of fruit come harvest time, elevating our typical intense flavors and color to new heights. To help round out the wine, we continue our traditional extended barrel aging program; not to give the wine more oak or vanilla characters, but to give the wine more time in the micro-aerative environment of the barrel to enhance tannin polymerization. For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of dark berries, plum, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry cres cendos into a deeply intense middle; foll owed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish.
Today Schweiger Vineyards includes 25 acres of Cabernet, four acres of Chardonnay, two acres of Merlot and micro blocks of Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Petite Sirah, Schweiger also produces a Sauvignon Blanc with fruit sourced from Sonoma County. Annual harvest yields vary from 1.5 to 3.5 tons per acre.