Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard Reserve

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Wine Details

Appelation: Red Mountain

Vineyards:
• 100% Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Blend:
• 57% Cabernet Sauvignon
• 29% Merlot
• 14% Cabernet Franc

Cooperage: The wine spent 22 months on 75% new French oak with the remaining 25% second vintage French oak. Select barrels from the best forests of Taransaud, Boutes, Quintessance, and Vicard cooperages.

Acidity & PH: pH 3.63 & Total Acidity 0.62

Alcohol: 14.4%

Cases: 134 Cases

Prices: $50/bottle   $540/case

Winemaking

Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finished both primary and secondary fermentations.

Vintage

The arrival of hot temperatures in late spring and early summer was offset by cool nighttime temperatures all summer long and by cooler weather at harvest which maintained optimum natural acidity levels for extended hang times and balanced flavors.

Vineyard

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard located in the Red Mountain Appellation was the first vineyard planted on Red Mountain in 1975.  Owner Jim Holmes farms the vineyard on this revered site and credits the success of Ciel du Cheval, which is French for Horse Heaven, to “dirt and climate, climate and dirt.”

Tasting Notes

Dark and chocolatey, spiced with pretty notes of allspice and clove, this wine is round and rich, bursting with ripe berries, combined with an earthy complexity and a velvety finish.

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