2013 Living in the Limelight
Winemaker Notes: Deep dark purple in color with perfumed notes of violets, marionberry, mulberry, sandalwood, clove, and incense. On the palate high intensity flavors of marionberry, huckleberry, black plum, roasted herbs, and black licorice on the palate supported by ripe tannic structure and vibrant acidity. Additional nuances of dark chocolate, clove, earth, and tar notes appear on the long finish. The wine is very concentrated with high amounts of dry extract. This wine can be enjoyed in the next year or two for its youthful exuberance, but 6-8 years of patience will be generously rewarded with added layers of complexity, will hold for 12+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 132 hours and 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. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 3 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very gently filtered using crossflow filtration.
Cooperage: The oak profile is 30% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 70% neutral French oak.
Cases Produced: 84