Harvest Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2007750ml Not currently available
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Vintage & Varietal
Varietal: 100% Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
290 Cases produced
Brix at Harvest: 23.3
Residual Sugar: .015%
Grower & Winemaker's Notes
Leaving the Dry Creek Valley in early September, we remember thinking we were the only truck with red grapes loaded. At 23.3 brix, we felt the fruit was ready to be harvested and arriving at the crush pad, the bunches looked vibrant and perfectly plump. No dimpling on the skins was observed. Once the Must was in 3/4 ton t-bins, it was inoculated with a classic Bordeaux yeast and allowed to ferment dry in 12 days. During fermentation, the cap was managed delicately with a morning punchdown, afternoon hand-punch down and evening punch down so as to not over extract tannin yet bring complexity and body to the future wine. The fermented must was lightly pressed direct to barrel where they sat for a full 19 months with an occassional airation through racking. The Radaux-oaking was very carefully monitored to ensure the dominance of natural vineyard flavor profiles and only a slight mention of wood aromas and flavor profiles. After resting in tank for a full month, the single-vineyard blend was bottled with medium filtration in July 2009. Enjoy from late 2010 and watch it gain complexities for 7 years.
Dusty dark herbs of mint and coriander billow initially from the glass, brooding dried spice and slightly gripping tannin swell up on the palate like early morning waves. The dark coco and toasted caramel float up on the back end and ever so delicately permeate the conscious.
This wine is well balanced with its main emphasis being the natural vineyard flavors captured that Thursday morning in the Dry Creek and only brief mentions of the French/American Oak and/or winemaking techniques employed.
This wine was crafted in the vineyard, harvested on time and processed with the most gentle ease of human intentions.