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Study in Blue

Study in Blue, Napa Valley Red Wine

Red Wine, Napa Valley 2009

2009 proved to be a mild, relatively cool growing season. Without much frost nor many heat spikes, the lack of rain (2/3 of normal for the third consecutive year) did not present any challenges. Overall, the vintage provided extended hang time for the grapes without excessive ripeness, leading to forward, bright fruit with mature flavors and tannins.

Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes were sourced from hillsides of Oakville, Rutherford and Spring Mountain District. Merlot and the Syrah were drawn from Truchard Vineyards in northern Carneros.

The grapes were hand picked at optimum ripeness. Following destemming, the grapes were stainless steelfermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 36 months (80% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes
With its blue hues and pronounced blueberry aromas, this distinct blend (64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc) is a study in blue. Bordeaux varieties provide the framework, while Syrah transports the blend to a realm all its own. It's simply, Kind of Blue.

Press & Acclaim
93 points - 2007 Vintage
" This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot stands up well against far more expensive Napa Valley cult Cabs. It's softly tannic, rich and decadently delicious in blackberry and cherry pie filling, licorice, chocolate, baking spice and sandalwood flavors. Gorgeous, dry and generous. It's a wine to drink now."
- Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, November 2011 Download PDF

90 points - 2007 Vintage
"On the nose, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, sweet herbs, green herbs, brandy. On the palate, the fruit is opulent - with the Syrah really coming out strong, along with the black pepper and meat one would expect on a syrah. Strong tannins, nice acidity. A fun wine."
- Terroirist, August 2011 Download PDF

2007 Vintage
"The 2007 Study in Blue is complex and expressive, yet restrained enough to work well as a quenching summer drink. The wine offers distinctive blueberry and black plum aromas. Mediumbodied and smooth, it slides across the palate with notes of blueberry, black currant, plum and bramble with hints of cedar and black pepper toward the back of the palate. The wine would work well with simple fare, like grilled lamb or pork. For a more elegant meal, try it with pan-seared tuna or duck breast with blueberry sauce."
- Gayot, August 2011 Download PDF

92 points - 2007 Vintage
"A blend of 65% Cabernet, 25% Syrah and 10% Merlot, this is a sumptuous red that evidences the class and complexity that a wine with its price tag should possess. Rich and ripe, with flamboyant flavors, it never seems heavy, but instead delights with a silky texture and long, lingering finish. Simply delicious!"
- Paul Lukacs, Wine Review Online, July 2011 Download PDF

Technical Data:
• Varietal Composition: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.9%
• TA: 0.62 g/100ml
• pH: 3.88
• Oak Aging: 36 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 80% new
• Production: 509 cases
• Bottling Date: January 24, 2013

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