Here's a toast to Uncle Tony, Peter Jay, and all the teachers of the vine who have gone to the great wine cellar in the sky. Salud! Cent'anni!
In early October, 2007, we bottled a very fine Cabernet Sauvignon/Old Vine Zinfandel blend. The wine aged in a new, fine grained, American Oak barrel so there is a noticeable tannin spike that will mellow with time. The blend is remarkably smooth for just coming out of the barrel and has about a 15% alcohol content. With the final bottling, the wine was racked 4 times over the course of the year and has developed a color and clarity that are outstanding. There is a pronounced cherry flavor with vanilla undertones and a slight tobacco finish.
We did a great job with this wine, if I say so myself. As one of our long gone teachers of the fine art of winemaking used to say, "Making wine is 50% making wine and 50% keeping everything clean. Somehow, it always fell to the young guys to uphold the cleaning part of the equation. Click the photos to enlarge the images.