Friday, February 25, 2011

Tale of the Tape

2007 Ch. Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Maker's Notes:

  • The 2007 growing season was similar to the 2005 vintage – warm at the beginning and average temperatures throughout the rest of the season with excellent ripening conditions.
  • In May, two weeks before bloom, we saw a week of 100 degree temperatures. This heat spike lead to smaller canopy which allowed more light penetration and contributed to overall good flavor development in the fruit. The hot temperatures also resulted in smaller berries with concentrated flavors.
  • Weather conditions during the summer and throughout harvest were ideal with mild to average temperatures.
  • Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards.
  • 76% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 15% Syrah
  • 6% Merlot
  • 3% Malbec

%Alcohol 13.5%

Aged 16 months in American and French oak, 32% new

2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wetzel Family Estate
Wine Maker's Notes:
  • Appellation Alexander Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Barrel Regiman Aged for 14 months in French and American oak including 25% new barrels
  • % Alocohol 14%

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