Proprietary, Napa Valley LIBRARY
Cabernet Franc Home Ranch Vineyard, Clone ‘X’ - Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley (54%)
Merlot Knollwood Vineyard, Clone 181 - Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley (35%)
Syrah Knollwood Vineyard, Clone 470 and 174 - Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley (11%)
These three varietals were all harvested, crushed and fermented separately as individual lots. In addition to being sorted in the field, the clusters were sorted upon arrival at the winery to ensure the best possible fruit going into the fermenters. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot were fermented in tanks while the Syrah was fermented in small bins. Our fermentation regimen is tailored to each varietal, so the punch-down and pump-over schedule is different for each lot, but in general we strive to be more active with the fermenting cap in the first half of the fermentation than in the latter half. By doing this we are trying to selectively extract the fruit, aromas and color from the skins without over-extracting the tannins from the seeds. These lots were pressed shortly after dryness and racked to barrels for malolactic fermentation. The main lots were rough-blended in March 2009, and the finishing blends took place just prior to bottling.
All the wines were aged in French oak barrels for 26 months.
Proprietary Red Wine
Wine Profile & Ratings
This wine shows nice red-berry and blackberry aromas with accents of eucalyptus and other nice herbal spice notes on the nose. On the palate the wine is showing an exceptional balance of rich texture and
fine-grained tannins which form a graceful backbone to the vibrant fruit flavors. The wine has a gentle but lasting and well-structured finish which fares well with a rich meal or a backyard barbecue.
In 1990, we envisioned a rich, opulent bordeaux style blend. A winedisplaying full, rich, deep, dark, concentrated flavors, sensuous aromas of ripe red berry and black fruits and a hint of spice and a generous
velvety texture on the palate. The wine debuted from the 1999 Vintage.
The 2007 Proprietary Red wine is a Cabernet Franc (54%), Merlot (35%) and Syrah (11%) blend. The three varietals were all harvested, sorted, crushed, and fermented separately as individual lots. Our fermentation regimen is tailored to each varietal, so the punch-down and pump-over schedule is different for each lot. By doing this we are trying to selectively extract the fruit, aromas and color that each varietal offers to the blend. The wine was aged in French oak barrel for 26 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Spicy Red Sauce Dishes, Lamb, Burgers, Brisket, Spicy Seafood, Grilled Meats