2012 Doctrina Perpetua "Rousseau"
Winemaker Notes: Similar in style and structure to the 2009 Doctrina, one of our most popular wines. This is not for the faint of heart, the 2012 Doctrina is a colossus of a wine. Deep, opaque purple in color. The bouquet offers cassis, huckleberry, graphite, tar, truffle, vanilla, and violets. Very full-bodied with substantial yet silky tannins and highly intense focused flavors. On the palate there are notes of blueberry, cassis, mint, graphite, black raspberry, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, minerals, and earth. For being such a big wine it is remarkably lithe on the palate, finishes with great length and refreshing acidity. Properly cellared this wine will hit maturity in 8-10 years and will easily hold for another 10 years after that.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 157 hours and a post-fermentation maceration of 35 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.
Cooperage: Elevage was 30 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very gently filtered using crossflow filtration.
Cases Produced: 78