2003 Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon - bottled April 2005, released October 2005 The grapes were harvested at 23.6 Brix and underwent fermentation in the cool San Francisco climate. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The wine is a blend of 4.5% Petit Verdot, 4.5% Merlot and 91% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine took Bronze Medal at the Orange County Fair and Marin County Fair.
2004 Alexander Valley Zinfandel - bottled October 2005. The grapes were harvested at 25.5 Brix and underwent fermentation after a cold-soaking. The wine was aged for one year in glass. We blended 25% Zindandel from the La Malfa vineyard in Mendocino that was picked at 23.5 Brix and a higher acidity level. The La Malfa Zin was aged in French oak barrels for four months.
2004 Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon - grapes were picked very early this year, during the 3rd week of September. They were harvested at 24 Brix. The grapes were cold-soaked for three days before undergoing fermentation. The wine was then pressed and barreled in French oak. We estimate this wine will be on the oak for 18-20 months at which time we will bottle it for aging.
2005 Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon - grapes were picked very late this year, on October 19th. They had considerable hang time yet only reached a level of 25.5 Brix. After crushing, we cold-soaked the grapes for three days and then started primary fermentation. The wine was put in French oak barrels for aging seven days after the fermentation started. This wine tastes like it will be our most concentrated and big wine yet produced.
2005 Mendocino Aglianico - a grape that has very few plantings in California. We know of only five other vineyards, including Caperone and Seghesio, who grows this grape. This is an experiment which looks at this point, to be a success. The wine was just pressed off on November 14th and exhibits rough tannins and bracing acidity. This is one for the cellar.