2008 Alexander Valley Reserve
Aromatic notes of ripe fig and red currant carry into flavors of like-minded fruit on the palate. The firm acidity and tannin structure of this wine imparts backbone and promotes ageability.
Manually harvested and picked at optimum ripeness. Hand sorted in the vineyard. De-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. Inoculated with Bordeaux Red yeast, the wine was pumped over twice daily. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was inoculated with malolactic bacteria. The wine was pressed when dry in the fermenter, after which it was racked off the gross lees and moved to barrels. Aged 18 months in Bordeaux style French and Hungarian oak barrels. Racked quarterly to aid the natural clarification. The final blend was assembled from hand selected individual barrels and bottled in May 2010.