2004 was an interesting vintage. Our crop was small, and we had some late summer heat in August which hastened the ripening process. The lots that went into this 2004 blend were picked about 10-14 days earlier than we might normally pick. In the end, the wines of 2004 have shown great fruit quality, and very well-developed tannins.
With the exception of the co-fermented lots, which served as the foundation for the blend, all of the lots were fermented and sent to barrel individually. As is my tendency with this wine each year, the blend was put together in stages over the course of the barrel-aging process. Incremental blending can be thought of as putting together a piece of music. Typically you start with a base melody or rhythm, upon which the rest of the song is based. That’s your catchy riff - and to that you layer the rest of your jam down. The co-fermented lot of Cabernet Franc and Merlot was the riff that I jammed to.
All of our library wines are extremely limited in availability, in some cases just 2-3 cases of these wines remain. We have taken great care that these they have been cellared in here at our winery in the best of conditions. But because of age we must ask that these wines are sold as-is and purchases are limited to 3 bottles.