In 2004, bud break occurred early and the trend carried forward throughout the growing season. Heat spikes occurred in June and at scattered intervals throughout the summer season. Sugars developed earlier than normal and temperatures were steady into on e of the earliest harvests we have had. The quality of the grape was excellent, producing small and intense fruit.
The Wurtele Vineyard, originally planted in the early 90's, is comprised of 35 acres planted to 100% cabernet sauvignon, ranging in elevations from 600 feet to nearly 1,000 feet with 360 degrees of exposure and two different soils: volcanic soil and sedimentary rock. We have not only been blessed with this dynamic vineyard, but a talented team of viticulturists to produce consistently outstanding wines under the Terra Valentine name.
The 2004 Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is made from two distinct and designated blocks (I &J) on the top of the Wurtele Vineyard. Grapes were hand harvested in mid to late September and early October. The wine was put through a 28-day fermentation period. Free run was kept separate from press juice and put into French oak barrels, 45% new and 55% once used. The wine was aged 20 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine opens with wild berries, black licorice, peppercorn and spice. Deep black cherry fruit and chocolate ease into a broad mid-palate with supple tannins and a long finish. Estimated maturity, 9-12 years.