2010 Portfolio, Limited Edition
The 2010 vintage will be remembered as a demanding year with unexpected cool weather and rainfall. It was the coolest summer in 50 years. The hangtime of the grapes was extended by two weeks. End of August, we had two hot days over hundred degrees. The wonderful side of this erratic weather is resulting in refined, elegant tannins, complex aromas and balanced and elegant flavors. The success of this vintage was constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management.
The wine shows exceptional quality, tight, dense and layered with refined, elegant and velvety tannins, complex aromas of rose petals, blackberry, espresso beans. The flavors of wild dark berry, beautiful black licorice weaved by complex sweet oak and spices. Long fresh finish ending up with some minerality and focus. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 83%, Cabernet Franc 17%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 36 years and CF 31 years
Date of Harvest: October 11th and 16th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 31 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 30 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
"Complex, with aromatics of dark berry, mocha, raspberry and black licorice, this is tight, well-built, dense and concentrated, ending with tannins that are both ripe and gripping, lending the long finish traction. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 200 cases made." - James Laube