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2004 Kiddush Hashem Syrah

 

Winemaker’s Notes and Chemistry

 

This wine is holding up well and tasting lovely.  The color is medium-dark red, fading to brackish toward the edge.  Aromas of tobacco, violets, and raspberries give way to smoked pork, vanilla and coffee.  The tannins are well integrated – the wine is smooth but not too soft.  There is good fruit presence throughout.  Significant sediments attest to the “hands off” approach with this wine and the result is impressive.  It was not filtered or fined.  Decanting after settling for 24 hours is recommended.

 

•    Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
•    Titratable Acidity: 5.56 g/L
•    pH: 3.71
•    Residual Sugar: Dry


2007 Sonoma Coast Syrah

 

Tasting Notes:
Deep crystalline magenta. Light floral aromas with subtle pepper overtones that carry over to the palate along with crisp, refreshing flavors of cool cherries and black raspberries. Delicate, lingering finish.

 

Varietal Composition:
100% Syrah, Clary Ranch Estate-Grown

 

Total Production:
135 Cases

 

Harvest Date:
October 26, 2007

 

Yield:
2 Tons per acre

 

Brix at Harvest:
22.1°

 

pH at Harvest:
3.44

 

TA at Harvest:
0.683g/100mL

 

Alcohol:
12.5%

 

Winemaking:
Cold soak
Natural yeast fermentation start, followed by a late inoculation of Rhone yeast

 

Cooperage:
50% New French & American Oak for 18 months


2007 Fluer de la Vigne Pinot Noir

 

Tasting Notes:
Complex, warm floral aromas. Deep, smooth flavors of Rainier
Cherry, Santa Rosa Plum & dark fruit with overtones of forest floor,
leather & dark chocolate. Good acidity. Long, rich red fruit finish.

 

Varietal Composition:
100% Petaluma Gap Estate-Grown Pinot Noir
Single Clone: 667

 

Total Production:
35 Cases

 

Harvest Date:
October 9-10, 2007

 

Yield:
1.5 Tons per acre

 

Brix at Harvest:
24.1°

 

pH at Harvest:
3.56

 

TA at Harvest:
0.61

 

Alcohol:
14.6%

 

Winemaking:
Cold soak
Natural yeast fermentation start, followed by a late inoculation of Assmanhausen yeast

 

Cooperage:
50% New French Oak for 18 months


2007 Sonoma Coast Deux Cygnes Pinot Noir

 

Tasting Notes:
White chocolate & cherry aromas.
Bright acidity, with flavors of dried cranberry, black cherry,
raspberry & cola. Delicate lingering red fruit finish.

 

Varietal Composition:
100% Petaluma Gap Estate-Grown Pinot Noir
Single Clone: Pomard 4

 

Total Production:
40 Cases

 

Harvest Date:
October 9-10, 2007

 

Yield:
1.5 Tons per acre

 

Brix at Harvest:
23.8°

 

pH at Harvest:
3.53

 

TA at Harvest:
0.61

 

Alcohol:
14.2%

 

Winemaking:
Cold soak
Natural yeast fermentation start, followed by a late inoculation of Assmanhausen yeast

 

Cooperage:
50% New French Oak for 18 months


2006 Derbes Carneros Chardonnay

Vineyards: Double T Ranch
Appellation: Carneros Sonoma
Clone: 4
Rootstock: 3309C
Yield: 3 tons/acre
Harvest Date: September 22, 2006
Harvest Brix: 24.5
TA: 0.72%
pH: 3.43

 

Winemakeing

Hand harvested, sorted, whole cluster pressed.  Settled and racked to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated with Champagne yeasts.  Barrel aged sur lies for 12 months with weekly batonnage in 100% French oak (30% new) until bouquet and flavors reached full balance.  Partially malolactic fermented.  Bottled unfined on August 28th 2007.

 

Winemaker Tasting Notes

This wine shows intense aromatics of tropical fruits, pineapple, papayas, dry apricots, along with pears melted with light floral notes.  This wine has a great balance between vibrancy and creaminess.  The mid-palate  is highlighted with hazelnut and finishes with butterscotch, giving richness to the wine.  Enjoy alone or with food.