Vintage Notes: A warm spring prompted early budding on the vines and temperatures were mild through mid summer. Temperatures quickly shot up in the last week of August leading to the beginning of harvest early September. Late September brought chilly temperatures and some rain, forcing a break in harvesting. Nature then gifted a wonderful Indian Summer that warmed up early October, leading to the ripening of fruit and the integrated, mature tannins that have made this vintage so renowned.
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 2007 Marriage is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot from the Yverdon and Wurtele Vineyards. 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: Cola berry, roasted marshmallow, allspice, cedar and tobacco aromas with an incredible rose petal floral background. Bright cherry and lush forward fruit flavors meld with the rich French oak undertones for a long smooth finish. Release Date: February 14, 2011