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MacLaren Wine

2008 DryStack Vineyard
Wine Specs
Bennett Valley
Vineyard Designation
DryStack Vineyard
14 months French Oak
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
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Wine Enthusiast

2008 DryStack Vineyard

Our first vintage from the amazing Dry Stack vineyard in Bennett Valley. This was our first "magazine wine", scoring 91 points in the Wine Enthusiast.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep ruby purple color. Amazing aromatics of violets, black currant and black berries lead allowing a smoky mineral element to develop. Initially a fruit laden palate with cassis and blackberry with the violet floral element bringing freshness in the mid palate. The wine then broadens with the mineral element providing structure to the blackberries. A full rich mouthfeel counters the wine's ripe tannic structure and provides a long lasting finish. Decanting the wine in it's youth will help develop the aromatics but a few years of cellaring will see a transformation of the primary flavors into a beautifully integrated experience.
Production Notes
168 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was hand harvested on October 17th 2008. After a few days of cold soak, the native yeasts started the primary fermentation which completed in 2 weeks. The wine was then pressed directly into French oak barrels, 20% new, where it completed its malolactic fermentation, again using native yeasts, and was aged for 14 months. The wine was bottled in December of 2009 unfiltered and unfined. The wine is now being released with an additional 9 months of bottle aging. 168 cases were produced.
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