Winemakers Tasting Notes This wine is one of two Cabernet based blends from T-bar T in 1998 Of all the possible combinations and premutations, two distinct wines emerged as the best of the vintage. Blend 1 shows predominately sweet ripe fruit, intense aromas and flavors.
Natural Farming Philosophy The creek beds and acres of wild blackberries that intersect the vineyard have been allowed to revert to their natural state, hosting an ecological balance between good and bad insects, allowing for minimal intervention.
Vineyard Specifics: The grapes for this wine come from Winemaker Forrest Tancer's family estate in the northeast corner of the Alexander Valley. The property sits in the foothills rising to an elevation of 800 feet.
It is very steep and rugged, with great outcroppings of serpentine, California's state rock. Out of 475 acres, only 60 are planted to vine.
Average Age of the Vines 15 years average
Harvest Dates: October 7 through October 28, 1998
Winemaking Techniques: Hand harvested grapes were destemmed into stainless steel tanks where they were cold soaked for seven days prior to fermentation. Before fermentation was complete, the new wine aws pressed gently from the skins and transfered to French and American oak barrels. The fermentation went to completion in these barrels, where the wine was aged until blending and bottling.
Barrels Combination French and American Oak
Blend 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot