The Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-picked at about 10° alcohol. The free run juice (saignée) is sent to an airtight stainless steel tank where it ferments on it own with nothing added to it -- no dosage, no liquor, no gas, no sugar, no yeast. This single fermentation is referred to as Method Charmat. While similar to Petillant Natural, the difference is that the fermentation does not take place in bottle.
Vines 40 years old average. All grapes harvested by hand. Fermentation is natural and wines are vinified in cement tanks. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Fermentation in stainless steel tank. All grapes are fermented together. Wine ages in stainless steel until bottling, 4 to 8 months after harvest.
Freedom Hill is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. It has a southeast exposure at an elevation of 425’ and benefits from heat rising off of the valley floor. Hills to the east protect the vines from strong coastal winds. The vines were planted in 1999 and 2008 on well-drained silty clay loam.
The soils of the Mainque Chardonnay parcels are a touch sandier than those in the Chacra with a combination of sand, clay, pebbles, and pebbles covered in calcareous matter. It is fermented in barrel with only 70% malolactic achieved, spending eleven months in mostly second and third use French oak barrels.
Sashi Moorman has been working with Santa Barbara County Syrah since 1996. It was a dream to come to California and make wine and it was with great luck that he landed his first job in the wine industry with Adam Tolmach's as the assistant winemaker at The Ojai Vineyard. The beautiful syrahs he was able to help produce with Adam set him on the journey to discover the limits of classically styled and terroir-driven syrahs in California. 2012 was a beautiful year for syrah - good yield and great quality of fruit. As a result, we were able to make delicious and compelling wines. Fruit forward nose gives way to some feminine high notes, while in the mouth there is energy, uplift, and definition - a Syrah of great typicity from one of California's best appellation for classically styled wines. 400 cases.
Working with the MENCIA Grape, RAUL PEREZ, creates COMPLEX, FRUIT-FORWARD, CONSISTENT wines that are pleasing to the palate and the pocketbook. With low production, the wines of RAUL PEREZ, disappear from store shelves quickly.
All fruit is hand-harvested and sorted, vinification takes place in thermo-regulated cement cuves over four to five weeks, wine is raised in French oak barrels, 25% of which is new, for twelve to fifteen months. 40 years average vine age.
Notes of ripe red fruits (blackcurrant) and sweet spices (cinnamon), very fleshy, of a nice intensity, with tasty and powerful tannins at the same time, excellent evolution.
The Bois de Boursan, founded in 1955 by Jean Versino (Jean-Paul’s father), is a ten-hectare domaine with the entirety of its vineyards situated within the confines of the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Working all of the permitted thirteen cepages for the appellation, the Versino family manages twenty-seven separate parcels of vineyards.The average age of the vines is in excess of fifty years.The domaine is worked organically without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.Further, the vinification is traditional to its core: the grapes for the red are not destemmed, the cuvaison extends for at least three weeks and the elevage in wood of varying size and age is eighteen months or longer.The wines, both red and white, are age-worthy.