2009 DOLCETTO

100% Dolcetto
Airfield Estates

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $28.00
club price: $22.40
available:Yes
cases:173
formats: 750mL
released:Sep 12, 2010
date profiled:Mar 29, 2011
region:Columbia Valley
AVA:Yakima Valley
vineyards:Airport Ranches
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:26.6°
alcohol:15.8%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:60% French |30% Americ ... 60% French |30% American |10% Hungarian  
oak barrels:30% New  
oak aging: 11 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
dolcetto 100%
 
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Winemaker Marcus Miller Notes
This wine is sourced from our black rock vineyard (part Airport Ranches) and lies at approximately 1050 feet above sea level. This gently sloping block has a southwesterly exposure, and the vines are trellised on a bilateral cordon configuration. We utilize shoot positioning to adjust the cropping level, this process also allows us to spread the fruit to avoid cluster congestion. Dolcetto clusters tend to be very large so cluster thinning takes place at veraison, to fine tune cropping levels to 3 tons per acre.

Our winemaking begins with a pre-sort of the fruit to make sure only ideal clusters get vinified. After being destemmed, a gentle peristaltic pump is used to transfer the must to the fermentation vessel. The wine is ferment ...more... ed in 6 ton stainless steel tanks and 1 ton stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs, Rack and Returns, and Punch-downs are used to extract tannin and color from the skin. Ideal peak ferment temperatures are 80-84 degrees. After the wine has finished fermenting it is pressed and settled for 48 hours before going to barrel. Barrels are typically 25%-35% new, and are composed of 60% French, 30% American, and 10% Eastern European. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation in barrel and then is racked. Blending occurs during the 2nd racking, usually in April. Racking continues every 3 months until the wine is finally bottled in September after 11 months in barrel. Prior to bottling, the wine is pad filtered and bottled using screw cap closures.

COLOR: Dark garnet.
NOSE: Concentrated aromas of cherry liqueur and a hint of cocoa.
PALATE: Flavors of cherry, cocoa, & toasted oak with delicate acidity, silky tannins, and a plush, round mouthfeel.
PEAK DRINKING: Now through 2018.
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