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||Bold Red Wine
||September 12, 2005
||27.0 brix average at harvest
||15 months in barrel
||February 21, 2007
Classic aromas of black cherries, plums, cassis and spice reward our senses. The finely structured tannins are enjoyable now for those who are tempted, but this young wine will reward those with cellaring patience.
Our Laurelwood block is and eastern facing hilside vineyard, carved just below a grove of redwood trees. The vines benefit from the morning sun and are protected from the fierce afternoon rays. This particular block consists of well-drained Hugo loam soils and is planted to Merlot clone 181 on 101-14 rootstock using a bilateral cordon trellis system.
We allow the grapes to cold soak for several days and then fermented the fruit in two different tanks using two different cap management techniques. One tank utilized a sub-merged cap system with daily pump-overs while the other tank was gently punched down 2-3 times a day. After fermentation is completed, the wine is transferred to a combination of French and Central European oak barrels (50% new and 50% neutral) and allowed to age for 15 months. The result of all this diversity gives us a wine of immense complexity, depth of fruit and structure.
2005 was characterized as a long, moderate season which allowed for even ripening of fruit throughout spring and summer. The moderate temperatures allowed for extended hang time as we weren’t battling any heat spells and the resulting surge of Brix that can forces an early harvest before full flavors are achieved.