Archive for March, 2011

2008 The Negociant Albarino

Region

Clarksburg, CA.

Vintage

2008

Varietial

Albarino, CA

Tasting Notes

Crisp and refreshing.  Aromas of citrus, apricot and peach.  Good acidity and a touch of minerality makes this wine easy and fun to drink.

Winemaking

The fruit was gently destemmed before being pressed.  Cold settled for two days, then racked and inoculated with yeast.  A long, cool, controlled fermentation to dryness.  Post fermentation, the wine was stored in stainless steel and did not go through malolactic fermentation.

Wine Analysis

13.4% alcohol, 3.34 pH, 6.6 g/L TA

Release date

September 2010


2009 Pretense Petit Syrah

Technical Data

Alc 13.8%
pH 3.65
TA 6.10 g/L

Varietal

100% Petite Syrah, Solano County

Production

741 cases produced
Bottled July 23, 2010
Harvest 10/6/09

Tasting notes:

The 2009 Pretense is a beautiful wine, offering aromas of bing cherries, blueberries, roses and violets. The deep garnet color is entrancing and seems to stain the glass. On the palate it is juicy and fresh despite its ample backbone of fine-grained tannins. The mouth feel is rich and the wine is suffused with notes of smoky dark chocolate, blackberry, raspberry and fruit compote, and hints of caramel. These flavors linger pleasantly through the long finish. Aromas, flavors, alcohol and tannin are in balance in this wonderfully complex, refreshing wine.