2017 Portfolio, Limited Edition
2017 was a very challenging vintage for growers and winemakers. Abundant rainfall during the winter—the most in 20 years—ended a five-year drought. Spring was mostly mild with some cold nights, including a few days of frost. This delayed budbreak and bloom by about two weeks. During the summer we had some heat waves followed by cool temperatures and fog. September was quite hot, with many days reaching 100°F. Despite Mother Nature’s variability, we got optimal conditions for fruit development and maturity. Harvest started earlier than expected.
The Portfolio 2017 offers a beautiful aromatic expression of rich dark fruit interlaced with spicy toast. On the palate, the wine is full and juicy, filled with flavors of blackberry, dark plum and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The wine evolves with seductive elegance and finesse. The fine-grained tannins give the mouthfeel freshness and fantastic depth. An age-worthy wine, it will delight now and for many years to come.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Cabernet Franc 16%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 43 years and CF 38 years
Date of Harvest: September 27 and 30
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: No pump, no fining, no filtration, natural gravity flow
Skin Contact: 28 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrels
Barrel Aging: 30 months in 100% New French Oak