Appellation: Alexander Valley
Harvest Date: October 10th, 2007
Blend: 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel aging: 22 months in 80% new French and Hungarian oak barrels
Bottled: July 9th, 2009
Production: 194 cases
To create a Cab that is elegant and enjoyable with food and also age worthy.
Vineyard: Prime, hill side Alexander Valley Vineyard owned by Dr. Siegemund and biodynamical grown with minimal irrigation and fertilizing. The location is just South of Cloverdale. The entire vineyard is only 5 acres on five different blocks. Close spacing, Southeastern exposure.
Soils: The soils are high mineral content—decomposed blue rocks and granite, shallow and with low fertility.
The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the vines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vine’s potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the early morning of October 10th. After hand sorting, the grapes were crushed with 30% whole berries. The lot was only three tons so I used the smallest tank available. After three days of cold soak yeast was introduced and the wine was free run only drained at dryness. The wine was aged in 50 % new European oak barrels for twenty two months and racked barrel to barrel four times using nitrogen only.
Winemaker’s description: The grapes were harvested mature at only 23.5 Brix sugar—rare for California—due to very poor soils and low vine vigor. The wine is focused and concentrated with considerable tannins assuring longevity for at least 10 years. The nose is a bit closed at the time of these notes but with solid layers of dark stone fruit, maple, cocoa, spice and a hint of forest floor. This is a full bodied wine with long and juicy, somewhat youthful finish. The wine was bottled unfiltered.