Yield: 1/2 ton per acre
Harvest: September 20th-21th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.8 Brix, 3.46 pH, 7.2 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 100% new French Chateau style
Bottling: August 2002; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2003
This is the last bottling of the Old Vine. After this harvest the vines were pulled out to be replanted. All good things come to an end eventually and it was with a heavy heart that this vineyard transcended to the big resort in the sky.
A mere nine barrels were produced. This is the swan song of a piece of ground that as produced an incredible number of classic wines, i.e. ’68, ’70, ’73, ’74, ’85, 90, ’97 and now 2000. Big and rich as one would expect with one last gasp of earthy terroir in the nose, the 2000 is sleek and youthful on the palate, with energy in the finish to indicate many years of development ahead.