2015 Josephine Red Wine
Josephine Red Wine
Josephine Red Wine
Elegant, spicy, aromatic black fruit gives depth to this opaque, dark ruby wine. Adding to the depth and richness, the oak is well integrated with sweet oak spice components that reflect cloves, toast, cocoa powder, 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 midpalate experience. Bright and rich, this wine has a round mouth feel. The tannins are well resolved, mature and velvety smooth, leading to a long, lingering finish. Rich, round, sophisticated and seductive.
|Harvest Date||August 22- September 16|
|Aging||Barrel aging, 28.3 months|
|Bottling Date||April 2018|
Van Z – St. Helena (39.1%) North east and a stone’s throw from down town St. Helena, this cabernet sauvignon is planted on a very gravelly clay loam soil. Warm and very well drained soil, the vineyard ripens relatively early, producing very small berries that impart rich dark black fruit flavors coupled with very dark color.
Freemark Abbey Vineyard – St. Helena AVA (37.7%) 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 on a very gravelly clay loam. With this well drained soil, in the St. Helena appellation, this vineyard ripens relatively early, imparting rich dark black fruit flavors coupled with very dark color.
Ahern Vineyard – St. Helena AVA (23.2%) Just north of Freemark Abbey Winery is the Ahern Vineyard, 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.
The winter was one of the driest on record, although we did receive 75% of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was very light, with small clusters, small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened in most cases, a good two weeks early. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening on an early note.