(From 2004 Vintage) 2004 FANTASIATechnical Information: Vintage Notes:A cool, wet spring started the growth cycle off late and slow. A cool, but fair May resulted in a late bloom in June. A hot August followed a warm July giving the vines the warmth they needed to make up some lost time. Beautiful, clear and warm September and October days brought the grapes to ripeness. Harvest was marked by slightly lighter yields and smaller berries. Winemaking Notes:Average harvest sugar was 26.4 degrees Brix. Fermentation occurred in open tanks with drain and press occurring after an extended 20-day maceration. The wine read more...averaged 14 months in French oak, 38 percent of which were new. Overall blend in 100% new French oak barrels. 662 cases bottled. Analysis:Alcohol, 14.5%; titratable acidity, 6.0 grams per liter; pH, 3.59; residual sugar: dry. Tasting Notes:An opulent, deeply colored wine with aromas of blackberry, vanilla, sweet tobacco and leather. Flavors of cherry and red currant fruit and with firm acidity medium-full body, and a long finish. (hide)
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