Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Dedication 2004
The 2004 vintage of Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon marks a new progression in our Cabernet program.With Fred's blessing, Andy has begun carefully experimenting withblending small amounts of our classic Merlot into our CabernetSauvignon to further express the beautiful fruit of our Spring MountainEstate.Those familiar with our wines know our prior 2001 Cabernet releasebegan a brave new world for us, as we extended our barrel aging programto further soften and round out our full mountain fruit. We continuedthat tradition with our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2004 vintage camein hot, hard, and fast with beautifully intense fruit flavors.For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodiedCabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essencesof berries, plum, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry crescendosinto a deeply intense middle; followed by a pleasant, velvety,lingering finish.Technical InformationVarietal Percentage: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot.Age of vines and soil type: 14-22 year old vines panted in deep volcanic soils.Date picked: 9/3/04 -- 10/4/04.Harvest Sugar: 25.8 degrees Brix.Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 10 days, 64-96 F.Fermentation container/maceration: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.Analysis at bottlingAlcohol: 14.6%pH: 3.67TA: 5.90V.A.: 0.061 g/100ml.R.S.: Dry.Aging and bottlingLength/type of aging: 32 months in 60 gal. Oak barrels: 45% newFrench Oak, 4% new American Oak, 47% 2-3 year old French Oak, and 4%2-4 year old American Oak.Bottled: April 2007.Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.Number of cases produced: 3550 cases.Release Date: June 2008.Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.
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.
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