Schweiger Vineyards Port Blend Spring Mountain District Port IV NV
This is the "Seventh Edition" port from the Schweiger Family.From our estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes we created this smooth,intense port. Crushing of the berries is minimized to increase colorextraction resulting in a fermentor filled with whole berries. Duringthe fermentation, the wine is punched down three to four times a day,slowly liberating juice from the berries to the fermenting must.Around twelve degrees brix is when the real magic occurs: the brandyaddition. The brandy is produced from wine made from either Pinot Noiror Chenin Blanc grapes, which is then double distilled in a traditionalalambic still to 142 proof. The sudden spike in alcohol conent from thebrandy addition arrests the fermentation, leaving the natural sugarfrom the grape in the finished wine. The wine is then aged solerastyle, with different vintages being blended together to produce themost complex aromas and flavors possible.Enjoy with family and friends. **Only five barrels produced.**Technical InformationVarietal Percentage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.Age of vines and soil type: 11-19 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000 foot elevation.Harvest Sugar: 27.5 degrees Brix.Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 5 days, 68-89F.Fermentation container/maceration: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down four times a day.Analysis at bottlingAlcohol: 19.8%pH: 3.87TA: 4.90V.A.: 0.052 g/100ml.R.S.: 10.00 g/100ml.Aging and bottlingLength/type of aging: 6-108 months in 5 year old 60 gal French Oak barrels.Bottled: June 2006.Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: Now through 2099+.Number of cases produced: 240 cases of 375 ml bottles.Release Date: October 2006.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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