65% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Located on a western slope of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains, between 1100 and 1300 feet above sea level. This planting consists of 11 acres of 6 to 18-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.
Following an extremely cold winter, spring was wet and cool and the first half of summer was wet and hot. In August, the rains stopped and we enjoyed a relatively dry warm harvest with no tropical storms moving through our area. Cold autumn rains arrived in late October just as we were finishing with our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot harvest. We began our Rosé harvest on September 10 with Merlot and later in October with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and additional Merlot.
Approximately 50% of this wine comes from Merlot grapes grown 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 then racked into older neutral barrels where yeast was introduced. Fermentation lasted about 15 to 25 days. The lots were blended together in November 2014 and bottled in February 2015. 266 cases produced.