2007 Pahlmeyer Pièce de Résistance Napa Valley

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"The inky purple hue of the 2007 Pièce de Résistance focuses your attention on its beauty, while the nose and palate send the rest of your senses into blissful overdrive. With aromas of cassis, pain grille and blueberry crème pie with toasted graham cracker crust, the nose explodes out of the glass. On the palate, fruit tart and preserve notes intermingle with milk chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar accents. Once a sip has been savored, the wine rewards you with the slowly lilting vanilla, blackberry and caramel finish. This gorgeously structured wine will cellar for more than 20 years."  – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2009

Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Pièce de Résistance

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Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
15.2%
Bottled:
April 22, 2009
Released:
November 1, 2011

The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 85% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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