2008 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Some Days Are Diamonds
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SOME DAYS ARE DIAMONDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON VINTAGE 2008
Some Days Are Diamonds Is An Elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon From Two Hands Wines. Approachable Style, Great Quality – Ready To Enjoy.
Our 2008 Napa Valley wines were sourced from Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain vineyards. In 2008 we experienced incredibly low yields, and a cooler than usual summer. The grapes ripened very slowly and reached full maturity early in October. We went for a softer than normal ferment and have made wines with great charm and personality whilst holding together the consistency of our Napa style.
COLOR: Dark brick red with subtle magenta rim.
AROMA: Very subtle characters of dusty ash and red fruits, herbal cedar notes, grilled meats, violets and spice.
PALATE: The wine is quite tight and shut down when first opened, but after some air it begins to unwind. A soft entry with fleshy red fruits that sit across the palate and flow through to the end, balanced with fine tannins, elegant spice and dried herbs. Overall this is a very elegant and fine wine that will drink well now and or the next 10 years if cellared well.
WINEMAKING: 1 pump over a day for the first 5 days during cold soak followed by 2 pump overs a day during the 12 or so days of fermentation. Fermentation temps were kept under 95-98 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum color and flavor extraction. The grapes were sorted and de-stemmed into tank without crushing for the cold soak at 50 degrees F. The juice for the pump over was screened so no solids went through the pump and was then sprinkled uniformly over the cap for even extraction.
MATURATION: Aged for 16 months in new French oak from Darnajou, Hermitage and Remond, with the balance being in 1 year old French oak.
WINEMAKER: Thomas Brown
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
GROWING AREA: Napa Valley, Spring Mountain and Howell Mountain
CELLAR POTENTIAL: Up to 10 years