Blending such a wine is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of a winemakers job. On the nose, the 2008 Dedication™ offers rich blackberry, currant, plum and loads of jammy cherry with faint seasonings of dark chocolate, truffle oil, oak, coriandor, and minerals. A velvety core of lush red fruit emerges from the ripeness of our small-berried hillside fruit. This generously proportioned wine expands as it moves through the palate with a seemingly endless finish. Ultimately, what you'll find is the classic Schweiger marriage of power and finesse. It's hard for me to figure out what is more fun, making this wine...or drinking it!
Varietal Percentage: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
Age of vines and soil type: 18-26 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000' elevation
Harvest Sugar: 26.8 degrees Brix.
Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 11 days, 62-98 F.
Analysis at bottling
V.A.: 0.59 g/L.
Aging and bottling
Length/type of aging: 32 months in new 60 gal French Oak barrels.
Bottled: May 2011.
Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.
Number of cases produced: 690 cases.
Release Date: April 2013.
Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.