2008 Pahlmeyer Pièce de Résistance Napa Valley

"The 2008 Pièce de Résistance is intensely purple and opaque in the glass. Exotic aromas of rose oil and fresh wild blueberries begin the aromatic journey, sinking into deep, resonant bass notes of black raspberry compote, caramelized cherries, black plum and cassis. On the palate, the experience is of striking purity and focus, exceptionally fine-grained tannins, and a rich, rewarding, savory dark chocolate finish. A clean, ashy minerality intensifies the character of the wine and underscores its perfect acidity – the harbinger of graceful aging through decades of cellaring."  September 2012

Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Pièce de Résistance

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Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
15.2%
Bottled:
April 20, 2010
Released:
November 1, 2012

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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