Dry with moderate weight and a crisp finish.
Located on the west slope of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains, between 1,100 and 1,300 feet above sea level. This planting consists of 11 acres of 5 to 17-year-old vines, growing in deep, steep and well drained rocky soils. The vines are cane pruned and trained to both the Open Lyre and Double Guyot system.
In 2013, we experienced a rather troublesome, wet spring and summer and thankfully, during the critical ripening months of August, September, and October, the weather turned very dry, warm and sunny. Bud break occurred around mid-April, flowering, the first week of June and veraison, the first week in August. We began harvesting on September 6 with Merlot and later in October with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and additional Merlot.
A blend mostly of Merlot with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% of this wine comes from Merlot grapes harvested early, specifically for this wine. Juice from these grapes provides crisp acidic structure along with mineral touches. The remaining 50% comes from retaining for this wine, 10 to 15 percent of the juice from our Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes as they were harvested later for our red wine production. Juice from these grapes provides soft velvety tannin structure, along with ripe red berry flavors. All of these juice lots were settled for 24 for hours and racked into older neutral barrels where yeast was introduced. Fermentation lasted about 15 to 25 days. All of the lots were blended together to harmonize and bottled in February 2014.
326 cases produced. Drink now.