2009 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d' Or Vineyard
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Producer Notes: We really should start calling this release a 'Special Reserve' and we likely will in the future. As you know there was no 2008 bottling and there will not be a 2010 or 2011. The vineyard is at the extreme limits of Cabernet production and in 1 out of 5 years there just will not be a harvest. We have also put our yield lowering vineyard practices in place which means that even in years like 2008 or 2010 when we do get a harvest it is too low to bottle as an individual wine.
In 2009 though everything came together and we were able to produce this wine as a single vineyard bottling. We harvested just over 1 1/2 tons per acre and harvested on the early side for this vineyard on October 25th. The wine includes 10% Merlot which is also harvested from the vineyard and co-fermented. Fermentation lasted 16 days and then we did an extra gentle pressing to manage tannin extract.
The wine started aging on 60% new oak but we increased that to 75% in March of 2010 after tasting evaluations. The fruit in the wine was so powerful that we felt the wine could support more oak influence and would benefit from the additional spice and tannin refinement that comes with new oak.
We are very happy with the finished wine and feel this is the best of our three different 2009 Cabs. The wine is dark red with plum, black cherry and spice on the nose. The wine is loaded with ripe plum, cigar box and has very ripe tannins. The finish is long and Stefania said "wow, sexy". We think this wine will be very long lived. Final alcohol was 14.2% with a pH of 3.67. 123 cases were produced.