2013 Josephine Red Wine
Josephine Red Wine
Josephine Red Wine
Elegant, spicy, aromatic black fruit gives great depth to this opaque dark ruby wine. Adding to the depth and richness, the oak is well integrated with sweet oak spice components reminiscent of clove, toast, cinnamon, tobacco and aromatic cedar. Very soft on the entry, this wine opens in the glass to sweet black cherry flavors that linger through a full mid-palate experience. Bright and rich, this wine has a round mouth feel. The tannins are well-resolved, mature, and velvety smooth, leaving the wine with a long, lingering finish. Rich, round and seductive!
|Harvest Date||September 19-October 12|
|Aging||Barrel aging, 28 months|
|Bottling Date||July 2016|
Ahern Vineyard – St. Helena AVA (39%): Just north of Freemark Abbey Winery, this 3.8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon is located on the crest of Tychson Hill. Still owned by the estate of Abbey Ahern that started the winery post prohibition, this Cabernet is known for low crop, which produces very small berries that yield a distinctive dark cherry and eucalyptus aroma. The north side of the vineyard is bordered by eucalyptus trees, which add interesting notes to the soil.
Freemark Abbey Vineyard – St. Helena AVA (34%): Adjacent to the stone cellar of Freemark Abbey and on the property where Josephine originally grew her vines in 1886, Merlot, Malbec and Cab Franc are planted in a gravelly clay loam. With such well-draining soil, the vineyard ripens relatively early, imparting rich dark black fruit flavors coupled with very dark color.
Van Z – St. Helena (26%): A stone’s throw from down town St. Helena, Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in gravelly clay loam soil. Warm and very well-drained soil, the vineyard ripens relatively early, producing small berries that impart rich dark black fruit flavors coupled with very dark color.
This growing season was ideal and near perfect. With textbook conditions for spring bud break, the vines continued steady growth over the spring, flowering and fruit set. Classic weather promoted an even set of fruit that was abundant but not over cropped. The long summer days brought a normal veraison, initiating the long ripening period that achieved our goals before the fall rains. Harvest was a winemaker’s dream.