Nose

The nose is sweet and spicy with the typical bouquet of Port wine with dried fruit, figs, apricots and walnut with lovely hints of cocoa and candied orange peel.

Palate

The wine is complex, intense, yet refined and smooth with flavors of cherry pit, clove and cinnamon. We also find delicate aromas of pear, litchi and linden flowers originating from the 80 year old Cognac we used to stop the alcoholic fermentation.

Growing Conditions

We had the opportunity to make this late bottled vintage port style wine in 2006. It is entirely made with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain Vineyard This wine is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Hughes Vineyard, at 1750 – 1800 feet elevation on the west side of Howell Mountain, all handpicked on October 31, 2006 and gently brought to the winery in our small picking bins.

Harvest

Harvested on: October 31, 2006

Bottling

This wine has not been fined nor filtered so you may find some deposit at the bottom of the bottle. We recommend that you keep the bottle up-right a few days before opening and decanting it.

Winemaking

Carefully selected sundried berries cold soak with the help of dry ice for a week in a new French barrel from the cooper Taransaud from Cognac, immediately followed by the alcoholic fermentation, extended maceration and ageing in a new smaller French barrel.

Aging

38 months in a 100 % new French oak barrel

Appearance

Densely dark purple.

Food Pairing

You may enjoy this wine on its own or with your favorite chocolate dessert