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THE VINTAGE2009 was a classic Napa Valley vintage. The vines produced a crop with dense structure and deep complexity after the low yeild 2008 vintage. Ample summer heat carried the fruit through to ripening. October rains caused some panic but no damage to our thick-skinned varieties, and the cooler weather allowed the grapes an extended opportunity to mature on the vine prior to being harvested.
WINEMAKINGThe four varieties were hand-picked and fermented separately with gentle fermentation techniques resulting in wine of great depth and complexity. We selected the finest barrels of each lot to create the Phenomenon blend. The wine matured for 24 months in new and once-used French oak barrels before bottling without fining or filtration.TASTING NOTESThis deep red, voluptuously textured wine entrances with its richly layered flavors. Scents of blackberry and cedar play off of each other, complemented by spice box notes including clove and allspice. Velvety smooth and supple tannins along with a balanced acidity foretell a long life for this wine for those able to resist its youthful charm.
Matt Reid, Winemaker