2015 "Night Owl" Red Blend Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon carries complexity & weight and delivers dark fruit, dark spice, and a rich mouthfeel, incredibly complex and pleasing. This variety is called the King of wines for a reason. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape in the US for a reason: it is incredibly complex and flavorful. Malbec & Merlot add beautiful dark and bright fruit flavors, and Petite Sirah packs a deep color and ripe fruit flavors as well as ample spice. The grapes for this blend are cold soaked and fermented with whole berries at cold temperatures, to achieve a partial carbonic maceration and maximize fruit-forward aromatic expression. These techniques result in a vibrant fruit profile and lighter tannins. After fermentation, the wines are left on the skins for an extended maceration to ensure full extraction of flavor and soft tannins from the skins before pressing and being transferred to oak on 100% full lees. This mix of techniques allows the maximum expression of fruit, spice, and lees aromas to produce an intense wine displaying the best qualities of these grapes and vineyards. This wine was aged in oak barrels, 50% new, a mixture of French and American oak, for 20 months, to balance and elevate the wines. The wine was aged on the yeast lees and stirred (batonage) monthly to extract a rich mouthfeel. At this point, the wine was racked back down to new oak barrels once more and aged for an additional 12 months, adding tertiary notes of earth, forest, leather & tobacco.
About Our Reserves: Our exclusive Reserve wines are hand harvested and triple hand sorted here at Wise Villa in the vineyards you see carefully tended before you. Crafted in small lots, each wine is designed to showcase the finest expression of the varietal. After hand harvesting, the grapes are destemmed, cold soaked with their natural yeast present and then go through a series of fermentation days with punch downs, extended maceration, and are pressed direct to barrels on full lees for aging. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Night Owl are aged in 50% new French and Minnesota oak, maple and hickory barrels and 50% neutral oak for 20 months. All of our Reserve wines are then finished with an additional 12 months on 100% new oak.
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|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Barrel Aging||32 Months 50% New French Oak|
|Fermentation||18 day fermentation with punch downs and pumpovers|
|Bottling Date||120 Cases 9/3/18|