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Wattle Creek 2007 Pinot Noir

Winemaker notes

Aromas of Roasted Red Plums, dried Cherries dominate this wine with subtle notes of roasted meats and minerality. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises with intense rip plum and dried cherry flavors coupled with notes of Strawberry Rhubarb and toasted oak nuances. The weight is full body with soft ripe tannins that coat the mouth and a nice frame of acidity that supports the wine’s structure.

Vintage & Winemaking

The 2007 vintage is being hailed as one of the best vintages in the last decade and some would argue longer. The winter and spring were very dry and bud break started 2-3 weeks early in some places. With early bud break and the dry season, there was concern about heat stress and water availability for the later months of harvest! As harvest progressed we never saw any significant heat spikes, and the growing season remained cool and consistent. The cool weather contributed to small cluster development with smaller than average berry size across all varieties. This is particularly important for flavor and color in low color varieties such as Pinot Noir! These grapes were allowed to ripen slowly throughout the cool season allowing for a lot of flavor development. This Pinot Noir was harvested in the last few weeks of September. When maximum ripeness was achieved in the vineyard, the fruit was handpicked into small bins early in the morning while the fruit was very cold. It was delivered to the winery cold for processing, where the fruit was de-stemmed but the berries were not crushed. The berries were pumped to open top fermentors and held cold for 5 days. This cold soaking period helps Pinot Noir fix more color into the juice from the skins. After cold soaking, the fruit was allowed to warm up and then fermentation was initiated. The skins were punched down into the wine three times a day during the course of fermentation. After 6-8 days the wine was drained off of its skins and put to French oak barrels. The Pinot Noir aged on lees in barrels for 10 months before being blended and bottled unfiltered.

Appellation

Yorkville Highlands – Mendocino County

Variety/Blend

Pinot Noir  100 %

Vintage

2007

Barrel Maturation

100 % , 35% New French Oak

Oak Maturation

10 months

Alcohol

14.3 %

Harvest dates

9/13/07—9/26/2007

Suggested Retail

$38.00



Jorian Hill 2005 Syrah

Philosophy

Jorian Hill is dedicated to crafting exceptional small-lot, hillside-grown Syrah and Viognier using sustainably farmed fruit from its Ballard Canyon estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. In keeping with its handcrafted approach to winemaking, only 1,000 cases of Jorian Hill’s 2005 Syrah were produced. The Syrah was blended with a small amount of estate grown Sangiovese to add complexity to both the aroma and the texture of the wine.  Our 2005 Syrah was aged in a mixture of both new and older French oak barrels.

The Vineyard & Vines

Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill’s Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir Clone, U.C. Davis Clone 1, and Clone 877. To counter the inherent vigor of Syrah, all three clones have been planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The 2005 Jorian Hill Syrah displays a deep, ruby red color that is indicative of the wine’s character and depth. On the nose, the wine reveals focused aromas of blueberry, rose petal and cassis, along with understated notes of leather, pepper and cedar. On the palate, red fruits dominate along with hints of more pepper, coffee, cocoa and soft spice. Though drinking well now, this balanced Syrah’s rich underlying tannins will ensure that it cellars well for the next eight to ten years.

Technical Information

Cases:                          1,000

Composition:               90% Syrah 10% Sangiovese

Harvested:                   October 17th – 21st 2005

Alcohol:                      14.5%

pH:                              3.76

Total Acidity:              0.60 g/100ml

Suggested Retail:        $30.00


SCHWEIGER VINEYARDS 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 was one of the best growing years in recent history. A long mild spring and summer gave the grapes plenty of time to soak in the sun and develop intense flavors and tanins typical of great mountain Cabernet. To help round out the wine, we continued our tradition extended barrel aging program; not to give the wine more oak or vanilla characters, but to give the wine more time in the micro-aerative environment of the barrel to enhance tannin polymerization. For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of dark berries, plum, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle; followed by a
pleasant, velvety, lingering finish

Technical Information

Varietal Percentage: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot.
Age of vines and soil type: 15-23 year old vines panted in deep volcanic soils.
Date picked: 9/30/05 — 10/25/05.
Harvest Sugar: 26.6 degrees Brix.
Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 11 days, 64-96 F.
Fermentation container/maceration: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.

Analysis at bottling

Alcohol: 14.9%
pH: 3.75
TA: 5.90
V.A.: 0.062 g/100ml.
R.S.: Dry.

Aging and bottling

Length/type of aging: 32 months in 60 gal. Oak barrels: 49% new
French Oak, 4% new American Oak, 47% 2-3 year old French Oak, and
4% 2-4 year old American Oak.
Bottled: March 2008.
Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.
Number of cases produced: 3627 cases.
Release Date: March 2010.
Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.


Jorian Hill 2004 Syrah

Philosophy

Jorian Hill is dedicated to crafting exceptional small-lot, hillside-grown Syrah and Viognier using sustainably farmed fruit from its Ballard Canyon estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. In keeping with its handcrafted approach to winemaking, only 650 cases of Jorian Hill’s inaugural 2004 Syrah were produced. An inviting blend of approximately 90 percent Syrah and 10 percent Sangiovese, the 2004 Syrah was aged in a mixture of both new and older French oak.

The Vineyard & Vines

Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill’s Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir Clone, U.C. Davis Clone 1, and Clone 877. To counter the inherent vigor of Syrah, all three clones have been planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The 2004 Jorian Hill Syrah displays a deep, concentrated inky purple color that hints at the wine’s character and depth. In the bouquet, the wine reveals elegant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, rose petal and cassis, along with understated notes of leather, pepper, cedar and cigar box. On the palate, these enticing aromas are followed by layered flavors of purple plums, subdued fruit, coffee, cocoa and soft spice. Though drinking well now, this balanced Syrah’s rich underlying tannins will ensure that it cellars well for the next five to eight years.

Technical Information

Cases:                          650

Composition:               89.5% Syrah, 10.5% Sangiovese

Harvested:                   October 10-11,19-20, 2004

Alcohol:                      14.3%

pH:                              3.44

Total Acidity:              0.76 g/100ml

Suggested Retail:        $30.00