2000 Portfolio, Limited Edition
Beautiful weather for the first vintage of the 21st century. Normal winter rainfall and slightly warmer temperatures in early Spring led to an early bud break. It was almost uneventful spring and summer weather pattern which produced fruit of exceptional quality. A cool summer led to slow ripening and an extended harvest. This vintage produced fruit of exceptional quality.
The wine shows a lot of intense fresh black and blue berries, deep color, a very concentrated mid-palate which ends up in an explosion of fruit. The tannins are lush and generous with a solid structure. The wine is harmonious with a very long and intense finish. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 19%, 1% Petit Verdot
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch Block 8 and Weitz Vineyard
Age of Vines: CS 26 years and CF 7 years
Date of Harvest: October 4th and October 6th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 30 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 20 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
“If a notch less dramatic than last year’s superb offering from Portfolio, this rich, lavishly oaked bottling finds more than enough broad fruit in support and emerges as a very worthy successor. Its crème brulèe notes and caramel-like richness are tied to a smooth, polished feel on the palate, yet the wine is sturdy in underbelly and, even if it is not as fruity as its predecessor, it is destined to age comfortably for years to come.”