2012 Hodder Hill


64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc


Located on a western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between 1000 and 1300 feet above sea level. This planting consists of 8.3 acres of 4- to 16-year-old vines growing in deep, steep and well drained rocky soils. The vines are cane pruned to an Open Lyre and Double Guyot trellising system.


2012 was an excellent year for growing grapes in Virginia. It was reminiscent of the stellar 2009 vintage. Bud break occurred very early, around the last couple days of March. Flowering was also early, at the end of May. Summer temperatures were normal, with some hot days and some cool ones. Rainfall was rather low for most of the summer, turning very dry in August just before harvest. A couple of minor rain events occurred in late August and early September but after these rains past, the rest of harvest was beautifully dry, sunny and warm during the days and very cool and crisp during the night time hours. Harvest began in late September and lasted through the middle of October.


The grapes were hand picked and chilled overnight. A double sorting, (pre and post destemming) was performed and the berries were destemmed without crushing. The whole berries filled small one-ton fermenters and cold soaked for 4 days. Moved into the fermentation room, the bins warmed to 60ºF and were inoculated with yeast. Fermentation temperatures reached the low 80s and lasted from 7 to 10 days, with 2 cap punch downs performed each day. After about 3 weeks of maceration, the wine was pressed off, allowed to settle overnight and the transferred into barrels the next morning. The barrels were inoculated with a malolactic culture and this fermentation lasted from 30 to 60 days. Once ML fermentation was complete the wine was racked out of the fermentation room back into our cellar and allowed to rest. During the summer of 2013, the final blends were made and the wine was transferred from primarily new French oak barrels into older, neutral barrels for further aging. Unfined and unfiltered, it was bottled in August 2014. 350 cases produced.

Hold 2 years and can age through 2028.


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