Sonoma Harvest Proprietary Blend 2008
Cabernet based blend. Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Syrah.
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 Cab Sauv, 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 and clove profile. We certainly must mention the brief yet profound appearance from cool climate Russian River Valley Petite Sirah.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were co-fermented and barreled together while the Syrah, Merlot and the touch of Petite Sirah were added to the mix just prior to bottling. This wine was barreled for a full 18 months in order for the layered nuances to reveal themselves which occur only after experiencing that second spring in the barrel.