Vintage Notes: The 2008 harvest season started with some challenges and ended smoothly, although in short supply. Spring started on time with some nice warm weather slowly coaxing the buds to break and all looked well. Suddenly, we had a cool spell and fear of frost arose twice in two weeks. Fortunately a majority of Spring Mountain was spared since the natural movement of air on our slopes limited frost formation on the vines. Things began to warm up and we had our traditional summer heat spikes, although fewer than previous years. The fall cooperated with nice warm sunny days, not too hot; and only a few sprinkles allowed full flavor development in the grapes before too much sugar accumulation. The flavors are full with great depth and both the acid and tannins definitely firm resulting in exceptional quality.
Vineyard Notes: Terra Valentine is blessed with two estate vineyards that capture the best of Spring Mountain District winegrowing: The Wurtele Vineyard and the Yverdon Vineyard. They are distinguished by a diversity of mountain terrain and vines that are well adapted to the environment. While the mountain sites present challenges – including accessibility, diversity of soils, ripening, and hand labor – they reward the effort in wine filled with intense flavor and color. Each vineyard, with a unique set of soils, exposures, and microclimates, produces a wine of distinction and personality reflecting the terroir of the estate.
Winemaking Notes: The 2008 Marriage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Wurtele vineyard and 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petite Verdot all from our Yverdon vineyard. The best barrels were chosen (85% new and 15% once used French Oak) and the wine was left to age for 22 months. Afterwards, it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Dark fruits, cola berry and spice highlight the nose of the 2008 Marriage. The palate is rich and balanced with lush fruit and an approachable tannin structure.