2003 Portfolio, Limited Edition
The winter was wet followed by a dry spring until we got unexpected rain in April and May. Early budbreak and long hangtime helped the maturity of the tannins to be perfectly balanced and intense. A long cool summer allowed the fruit flavors to evolve beautifully ahead of the sugar accumulation. September and October were punctuated by heat spells and low humidity with wide diurnal swings in temperature.
The wine shows deep purple color followed by a sumptuous pure nose of crushed rocks, graphite, Provencal herbs and black currant liquor weaved with beautiful spicy oak. Gorgeously proportionate and balance this is a full body wine with generous tannins, structure and density. Substance and power, very intense, the wine has a long finish with a vibrant note of fresh wild berries. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Weitz Vineyard
Age of Vines: CS 29 years and CF 10 years
Date of Harvest: October 11th and October 17th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 30 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 21.5 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases