V3 – Vintage 2005

This 2005 blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The fruit was hand picked from our vineyards on a cool morning in October, 2005. It was promptly de-stemmed, crushed and placed in fermentation bins. During fermentation we hand punched three times a day for maximum extraction of color from the skins.

When fermentation was completed we hand pressed the juice from the skins and seeds using a small Italian wooden basket press. We pressed this juice on a cool evening beneath a full moon while singing to our background CD – Mario Lanza classics. We can’t claim the music or the moon did much to improve our wine, but if the spirit of the wine makers can affect the quality of the wine, then this technique was a winner.

After pressing, the wine mellowed and aged in new and neutral French oak barrels in ideal, cool cellar conditions for eighteen months. Each of the three wine varietals was processed separately but prior to bottling, the wines were blended to our specifications as we strove for the right balance of flavor and complexity. The result is a lovely Bordeaux blend which we call V3 – a three varietals blend. The 2007 V3 blends equal amounts of Petit Verdot and Merlot (17%) to enhance the flavor and complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Accolades

Gold Medal-2008 Orange County Fair Wine Compettion
Silver Medals-2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition
-2008 Santa Barbara County Fair Wine Competition
-2008 Women’s International Wine Competition