Delectus Dirty Old Dog (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
Delectus Dirty Old Dog (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label

Delectus Dirty Old Dog (1.5L Magnum) 2004

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    Flash's third vintage is once again a Merlot-driven blend, his favorite varietal. Unfortunately, this is the last vintage of the Dog Series as Flash passed away in August 2006. The label features Flash cooling off after a long run on the Delectus Ranch by rolling in mud. The blend is Merlot (82%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), and Petite Sirah.

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    In 1995, Linda and Gerhard Reisacher set out to produce big and expressive red wines from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, showcasing the unique terroir of various sites while patiently checking out land that would ultimately become the home of their estate vineyards. The name Delectus, Latin for “The Ultimate Choice’, was inspired by a trip to Italy where Linda and Gerhard were moved by Michelangelo’s David.

    Over the years Delectus wines have garnered many accolades and a devoted and loyal following. In 2005, Linda and Gerhard’s dream of owning a vineyard estate came true with the purchase of 112 acres overlooking Knights Valley, only 40 acres of which are plantable due to slope limitations. The elevations of this majestic property vary from 1200 to 2200 feet and it has expansive and breathtaking views of Mount St. Helena, Diamond Mountain and on a clear day, the beautiful Pacific Ocean. By purchasing this land and planting their own vineyards (in 2006) they gain greater control over the fruit, secure a consistent grape source, and are able to ensure highest quality from beginning to the end of each growing season. Currently they have 18 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They take extraordinary steps with farming practices to respect the natural beauty and history of the property by preserving the natural terrain.

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    Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

    Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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