||Stags Leap District
||18 months in French Oak barrels and a splash of the 3 year air dried American Oak we have traditionally used for this wine
||Fermented as a single vineyard lot in stainless steel tank
Solid structure as we expect from this hillside block but with an elegant tannin profile, this wine has a lots of weight and depth.
Easily the highest vineyard on the estate, Alpine is also the most challenging area to cultivate with its block’s steep, terraced rows. These demanding growing conditions and the volcanic, well-drained soils only allow a miniscule amount of fruit per vine, resulting in small, concentrated berries. The extra effort is truly worth it, as this special vineyard invariably provides rich, luxurious wines that also possess subtle but clear aromatic hints of dried herbs.
The 2008 vintage brought us some early frost challenges but a beautiful warm growing season. Consequently the yields were low and the quality extraordinary. This was the warmest vintage of the decade second only to 2004. In contrast to the 2007 wines, there is a slightly more elegant structure and, though the wines have beautiful aromatics, this vintage carries with it more nuance and less flash.