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Nebbiolo

Winemaking

Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 to 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

A warm summer led to an early start to harvest, followed by a stretch of lower than average temperatures in late September that slowed ripening so grapes hung longer without sugars skyrocketing, providing balance, more flavor development and concentration. A long but successful harvest!

Vineyard

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard located in the Red Mountain Appellation was the first vineyard planted on Red Mountain in 1972. Owner Jim Holmes farms the vineyard on this revered site and credits the success of Ciel du Cheval, to “dirt and climate, climate and dirt.”

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Wine Details

Appelation: Red Mountain

Vineyards:
• Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Blend:
• 100% Nebbiolo

Cooperage: Aged in 100% French oak (no new oak)

Acidity & PH: 3.73 pH / 6.0g/L TA

Alcohol: 14%

Cases: 90 Cases

Prices: $45/bottle   $486/case