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
92 points- Wine & Spirits (Dec. 2011), Double Gold Medal- 2011 Indy International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
The wine is made up of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain (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.
This decadent red wine is outstanding now and will only improve with cellaring over the next six to ten years.
The 2007 Joie de Vivre is a versatile wine that will pair with a wide variety of food dishes.
245 cases produced