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The grapes for this wine were hand selected in the vineyard when they were harvested from several small sections each at optimum ripeness from September 21 to October 18 and then hand sorted twice in the winery to make sure only the best reached the fermentation tanks. Once in the tanks, the grapes sat cold a few days developing color, flavor and aroma before starting to ferment. The tanks were gently punched down and pumped over for 14 to 20 days to extract all the color, aroma and flavor from the grapes carefully, then the juice was drained and skins pressed before being filled into barrels. The wine finished a native malolactic fermentation in the barrels in two months and was aged for 21 months in small French, Hungarian and American oak barrels (19% new) and bottled in July 2015.
- Tasting Notes: A very dark garnet hue leads the way to black cherry, perfumed violets, boysenberry, vanilla, cigar box, and toasty French oak. Expect a big, full mid palate density with lively flavors of raspberry, cassis, toffee, toasted cedar and baker’s chocolate framed by fine grain tannin and balanced acidity. The persistent yet polished finish exhibits the classic signatures of concentration, depth and elegance.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
- Appellation: Spring Mountain, Napa, California
- Varietal: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage: 2013
- The wine finished a native malolactic fermentation in the barrels in two months and was aged for 21 months in small French, Hungarian and American oak barrels (19% new) and bottled in July 2015
- Production: n/a
- Guthrie Family Wines: Our wines share the reality of travel, of family, of blending old and new world approaches with our personalities. Fun is what we intend, and what we hope you experience with every bottle you open. Each of our wines is a personality, someone new you meet. We hope you make a few new friends, and revisit with them over and over. Being part of the process from step one, seeing our wines grow and develop character from when we pick them to when they’re bottled, we consider them part of our family. And, we’d love to share them, and our journeys, with you. We don’t hope to follow trends, but instead let the vineyards and the conditions of a certain vineyard for a given year tell us what to do with the wine. We’re there with it every day, from when it’s picked to when it’s bottled. The wines we make represent everything we love and believe in: love for wine, family, and this dream that we live everyday here in wine country. Caroline and I have always thought making wine is about getting your hands dirty and getting as close to the dirt as you can. The earth is what gives us the wine, and that’s what need to be known. It’s where my relationship with the wine starts. Everything is reflected in the wines we make. Our family, our love of wine, our travels, our personalities, our past… everything. Our relationship with wine started with a love of where it’s from, walking the vineyard and delivering what’s out there into the bottle, for everyone to enjoy. Wine shouldn’t be manipulated, it should speak a truth. And these wines are our truth, the truth we want to share with you. So, again, we hope you enjoy whichever of our bottles you have in front of you at the moment, and let our story be part of yours.
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