Sonoma Harvest Proprietary Blend 2009
Cabernet based blend. Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah.
Desiring a red wine that exhibited balance was a motivating factor in seeking out great vineyards and producing this blend of Sonoma county's best. We feel this is a play with all key actors present. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from various valley floor blocks in the Dry Creek bring the dusty, dried herbaceousness inside the glass, while the Syrah hailing from east Santa Rosa's Riebli Valley shows up with a lovely spice-clove profile. We certainly must mention the brief yet profound appearance from cool-climate Russian River Valley Petite Sirah. We crafted this rare table wine with your dinner table in mind...
The 2009 season was framed by cool weather and good development in the vineyard. The fruit gained a high concentration of flavor as well as good acidity. Her heat spells were moderate, the cold troughs were shallow, and the bunches looked picture perfect falling into the bins. The season was perfectly uneventful until Monday, October 12th when the greater Sonoma County region saw nearly 4" of torrential rain!!! The last time Sonoma saw this much rain so early in October was 1961. Needless to say, farmers and winemakers alike were scrambling to get as much fruit off the vine and into the fermentors as possible. Fortunately, we only had our dessert wine left on the vine, which benefits from a little mold. This was a vintage that rewards a wine making style like Harvest Moon's, as we pick our grapes earlier than others, seeking lower sugars in the grape and ultimately lower alcohols and more delicate, juicy flavors in the wines. Farming is a humbling experience.