2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Crimson Clover Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley

$55.00

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Description

The wine is deep red and bright. Nose is more classic Cabernet than the 08 or 09 with notes of cigar box, lead pencil and spices to match the plum and black cherry fruit. Very round and lively in the mouth, shows the lower alcohol of the vintage with it’s freshness. Stefania also called this wine elegant. This wine will actually age longer than the SCM Cab we think which is a reversal of most years.

The Crimson Clover vineyard weathered the difficult 2010 growing season better than any other vineyard we manage. The warm location usually has us irrigating late in the season to keep sugars down, but in 2010 the additional warmth helped the vineyard reach full maturity.

The cold and heat spells of the season had far less effect on this site than any other site we worked in 2010. The flavors and sugars developed well through the late summer and early Fall.

On the morning of 10/10, 12 days later than normal for the site, we harvest two full tons of grapes with a mixed paid and volunteer group. Bins were sorted in the field and perfectly clean fruit was delivered to the winery for crushing into two 1-ton bins for fermentation. Numbers at harvest were Bin #1 Brix 25, pH 3.63, TA .71 and Bin #2 Brix 25, pH 3.49 and TA .79

Superfood was added and the must was allowed to ferment on the wild yeast of the area. Fermentation started and proceeded quickly. On 10/11 5 gallons were transferred from each bin to the Haut Tubee fermentation. Punchdowns were done twice daily.

On 10/27 the wine was pressed gently and transferred to a stainless steel tank to settle before transfer to barrel. Malo starter was added to the tank to start the secondary fermentation. The wine was transferred to 3 new and one used barrel. 50ppm of sulfur were added on the second racking in March of 2011 and the wine was transferred to 3 new barrels and one used ½ barrel. Racked again in September 2011 and February 2012, adding sulfur each time.
Alcohol was 13.90 at finish and a pH of 3.84. 122 cases were bottled after 22 months in barrel

Tasting Note: The wine is deep red and bright. Nose is more classic Cabernet than the 08 or 09 with notes of cigar box, lead pencil and spices to match the plum and black cherry fruit. Very round and lively in the mouth, shows the lower alcohol of the vintage with it’s freshness. Stefania also called this wine elegant. This wine will actually age longer than the SCM Cab we think which is a reversal of most years.

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