Blend: 40% Touriga
33% petite Verdot
Cooperage Neutral French and American Oak
Bottled February 8, 2008
The wines used to make this blend each matured in barrel for 16 months prior to final blending and bottling.
As is customary, this blend was decided upon by our wine club members at the end of year blending party.
The final blend in preparation for bottling was sterile filtered through a 0.45 micron plate and frame filter to remove any bacteria and yeast.
This wine is distinctly European in style, with more earthy and leathery undertones as opposed to fruit driven new world wines.
Color – Garnet, dark red.
Nose – Dusty, cassis, truffles, leather with some black pepper or spicy undertones. Once it opens up it starts smelling like a sour cherry with some raspberry jam components.
Palate – Much bolder than the 2005; somewhat tannic with good acidity. Has nice herbaceous component to it, with hints of red fruit. Nice smoky oak nuances but the barrel influence is subtle, but makes this wine quite rich and weighty.
Needs a little time to open up but is a drinkable style wine with aging potential up to 5 years.
Bottled with 50ppm free sulfur.