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
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
V.A.: 0.062 g/100ml.
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.