2008 Russian River Valley "Two Acres" Red Wine
7% Petite Sirah
3% Alicante Bouschet
Curiously, not a single shoot was lost to frost at Two Acres in 2008, even though just a stone’s throw away, Papera Ranch and Carlisle Vineyard were both hit quite hard. Picked October 18th, the must was cold soaked for six days prior to an indigenous fermentation. Aged in all French oak, 18% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. A sexy bouquet of raspberry, kirsch, bittersweet chocolate, and cardamom is highlighted by a suggestion of rose petal. Medium full-bodied, the palate explodes with berry fruit, tree bark, and orange peel. With aeration, a note of smoked game emerges. Very complex! While slightly richer than the 2007, lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant. Like many Mourvèdre-based wines, this will age very well. Drink from late 2012 through 2022. (MRO – 08/01/10)