Dedicated to Jeff and Ingrid's daughter who was born in 2007, this exceptional Napa Valley red blend is velvety and pleasing in structure. With a dark ruby color and aromas of blackberry, plum, allspice and vanilla oak, combined with flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, plum and cassis, this wine is very complex on the palate. Decant for maximum flavor.
||Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
||Napa Valley Merlot
||Napa Valley Syrah
||Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
||2-3 year old French oak
||new French and American oak
||Enjoy now through 2021 with proper cellaring
||April 23, 2009
92 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine.
89 points- KensWineGuide.com
Double Gold Medal- 2011 Indy Int'l Wine Competition,
Gold Medal- 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,
Silver Medal- 2012 Florida State Fair Int'l Wine Competition,
Silver Medal- 2012 Hilton Head Int'l Wine Competition,
Silver Medal- 2011 San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition,
Silver Medal-2011 American Wine Society Competition,
Silver Medal- 2011 International Women's Wine Competition
The decadent red wine is made up of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain appellation (Corbett Vineyards) and Mayacama (Monte Rosso Vineyards) areas, as well as dry-farmed Merlot from the northern part of the Napa Valley Solari Vineyard), north of Calistoga, and clonally selected Syrah from Yountville (Page-Nord Vineyards). The mountain grown Cabernet provides the structure for the blend being farmed on very shallow soils, producing low cluster counts and small berries. The dry farmed Merlot adds a balanced softness to the finish, as well as a nice fruit core. Besides adding a nice bit of color, the Syrah contributes a unique spiciness to the overall blend.
The grapes for this blend were picked between 24.8 and 25.5° brix, destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters, and pumped over twice daily. Following fermentation, pressing, and settling, the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and racked to barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration.
The 2007 Joie de Vivre is a versatile wine that will pair with a wide variety of food dishes. Enjoy it with Mongolian Beef, Spaghetti Bolognese or sharp cheeses
245 cases produced