Schweiger Vineyards Dedication 2004
Back in the year 2000, Dedication was born with the vision of being a reserve without taking away from the regular cuve line. We've never liked the idea of holding back some of the best of your grapes to make an ber-wine at the expense of the rest of your wine. While we were successful in doing this with that vintage, we have not been able to do the concept justice. Because of this, we decided to re-imagine the Dedication concept! Schweiger Vineyards has become known as the champion of single varietal wines but the question has always been out there what if? After all, my first winery jobs were helping to create world class blends like Insignia, Cinq Cepages, and Cain Five. With that in mind, we set about relaunching Dedication as a blend of the traditional bordelaise varietals. On the nose, the 2004 Dedication offers rich blackberry, currant, plum and loads of jammy fruit with faint seasonings of oak, herbs, and minerals. A core of sweetness emerges from the ripeness of our small-berried hillside fruit. This generously proportioned wine expands as it moves through the palate with a seemingly endless finish. Ultimately, what you'll find is the classic Schweiger marriage of power and finesse.Technical InformationVarietal Percentage: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec.Age of vines and soil type: 8-25 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000 foot elevation.Harvest Sugar: 26.5 degrees Brix.Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 9 days, 66-96 degrees F.Analysis at bottlingAlcohol: 14.6%pH: 3.58TA: 0.60V.A.: 0.059 g/100ml.R.S.: Dry.Aging and bottlingLength/type of aging: 32 months in new 60 gal French Oak barrels.Bottled: April 2007.Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.Number of cases produced: 220 cases.Release Date: December 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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