Harvest: October 16th, 2010
Bottled: April 19th, 2012
Production: 275 css
Vineyard: Silverwood Vineyard is located almost at the top of Cloverdale’s Pine Mountain—the newest appellation in Sonoma County. The vineyard is at 2200 feet elevation above the meandering Russian River down in the valley. The soil there is as rugged as it gets: mostly decomposed rock and shale. This is extreme viticulture! The allure of mountain grown grapes is the extended sunshine and more intense solar radiation. This vineyard is above the fog layer and experiences milder temperature inversions—cool days and warmer nights. All of that contributes to abundant but soft tannins, deep dark color and pronounced fruity aromas in the blueberry-blackberry spectrum.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested on October 16th, and then destemmed and sorted by removing the raisins and the shot green berries. The whole berries were directly dumped into a tank for cold maceration for about 5 days and then fermented and pressed at dryness. The malo-lactic fermentation was complete in barrels. During aging the wine was racked twice, barrel to barrel, with nitrogen.
Winemaker’s tasting notes: The moderate temperature inversion at 2200 feet elevation—and the terroir in general—makes this wine richer in tannins, with concentrated wild blackberry and blueberry aromas, and enhanced varietal-specific flavors of dark fruits, slight earth and minerals and subtle spices.
This wine, if properly stored, should age well for 5-10 years. Cheers!