Proprietary Red Napa Valley 1.5L 2009
About This Wine
On the nose:Explosion of cedar with spices like tobacco, cumin, white pepper balanced with touches of violets, clay, blueberries, cherries with dark chocolates
On the palate: Entrance of raspberry, evolving on dense, soft tannins with touches of cassis, blueberry, prune, cherry, lingering on gooseberry, rose petal, lavender with a hint of saltiness
Blend: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot
Fermentation : 60% barrel fermented
Aging : 22 months, 80% new French oak, 20% in 1 year old barrels
In 2009 we had a very consistent growing season with stable temperatures which resulted in grapes with a higher acidity due to the temperate season. Although, in October Napa Valley had a major tropical storm which was followed by a less intrusive rain two week later. This forced most winemakers to pick prior to the rain. At Alpha Omega we decided to let the fruit hang through the rain to obtain better tannic ripeness.
Because we have a quadruple sorting system, we had the ability to sort out any grapes that were not up to our standards. Therefore, we had fewer grapes but we had perfect ripeness. Overall, the vintage is a little bit more Bordeaux-like with wines with lower alcohol content and higher acidity.