Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
Harvest: September 28th-October 26th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.1 Brix, 3.6 pH, 6.0 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French 50%; American 50% – 1/2 new; aged 24 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2008; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2009
With 93+ points from Robert Parker Jr’s The Wine Advocate, what’s not to love about this great value.
2006 opened up with tremendous promise. A frigid winter, full of snow and abundant rainfall are things we mountain winemakers look for. Bud break was late and the all important fruit set was rapid and complete. As predicted, harvest was late in October with cool autumnal temperatures, allowing us to harvest with exactitude.
Youthful aromas, with primary cassis, leather, and blackberry notes, this wine offers full, buoyant flavors of red raspberry, plum and cassis. Since it is moderately structured, it should improve until 2016 and hold for decades thereafter.