The fruit was hand-picked when ripe, and immediately taken to the winery for crushing. The berries were bursting with flavor. What a harvest! Wine is full of fruit flavors! Tastes of dark plums,black cherries, anise and cloves.Hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Soft tannins with a long finish. One of our best vintages!
Gold Medal Winner, Grand Harvest Awards, Dec. 2015
Product Information Specifications for 2012 Albertina Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Medal Winner Grand Reserve 750 mL Wine Below:
In 2013, the growing season was early, starting with a warm wet spring, then an exceptional summer that briefly yielded to a wayward storm in late September. Harvest of ripe fruit began at Firesteed's Estate Vineyard on Hwy. 99W on September 16th, then three days later at our Erratic Oaks Vineyard on Ballard Road. Picking continued there and several other selected sites around the Willamette Valley, finishing up on October 15th. Our 2013 Pinot Noir continues the Firesteed tradition of a consistent fruit driven style, achieved with gentle techniques in the cellar and imagination in the vineyard. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation, and racked as soon as the wine finished malo-lactic fermentation. A touch of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavors and enhance complexity. Lively and expressive, this wine's aromas of raspberry, cinnamon, blueberry and flavors of cocoa powder and Rainier cherry encourage second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish. Wine Analysis pH: 3.59 TA: 5.50 g/l Alcohol: 12.0%
In 2014, we selected the majority of our Pinot Noir from Olson Ranch Vineyard, which is located in the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The vines on Olson Ranch sprawl along the sides of the Highlands, where they receive optimal sunlight and cooling Pacific breezes. The 2014 growing season was warm and dry throughout, leading to early ripening and eventually an early harvest. Ripe, fruit forward flavors with a crisp acidity are characteristic of this vintage in the glass. The balance of this wine was sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, another cool coastal growing region renowned for producing classic Pinot Noir wines.