Harvest Date October 2-13, 2005 Varietal Compostion 54 percent Sangiovese 28 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 18 percent M...Read more...
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Harvest Date October 2-13, 2005 Varietal Compostion 54 percent Sangiovese 28 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 18 percent Merlot Vineyards 55 percent Soda Creek Ranch 45 percent Stags Leap District vineyard Bottling Date April 2007 Release Date January 2008 Vintage Notes: The year began with wet weather, followed by a dry period in March, then continued rainfall well into spring with later than usual bloom and set on the vine. The valley experienced unseasonable precipitation into early June. The cool weather continued, with a pleasant summer with few heat spikes. As September approached, growers had concern that the larger than normal crop on the vine would not fully ripen as fog prevailed well into when warm temperatures of Indian Summer typically prevail to harvest. Eventually, though later than normal, the warm days arrived, building much-needed sugars, especially in the red varieties. Winemaking Notes: Average harvest sugar was 26.2 degrees Brix. Drain and press occurred after a 20-day maceration. The wine averaged 14 months in 100 percent French oak, 44 percent of which were new. Analysis: Alcohol, 14.3%; titratable acidity, 5.93 grams per liter; pH, 3.53; residual sugar: dry. Tasting Notes: Dark red color. Earth, tobacco, leather notes, well-integrated sweet toasty oak with lush black cherry aromas. On the palate, bright fruit flavors on entry lead to a broad mid-palate texture that makes the wine enjoyable to drink now. The overall structure of this well-knit wine makes it one for the ages.
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