2013 La Fontana
La Fontana is our Bordeaux blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, & Petit Verdot. This is a balanced, full bodied wine full of complexity and flavor, softened by velvety tannins. Our reserve grapes used to produce this wine are hand harvested, hand sorted and wild fermented. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels before blending and bottling unfiltered and unfined.
Grapes are hand harvested de-stemmed without crushing and hand sorted. Wines are fermented separately in small lots without additives. Fermentation was carried out by indigenous yeast, without cooling, at 75-85 F and lasting up to 6 weeks maceration on the skins. Wines are aged in French oak barrels where they underwent Malo-Lactic Fermentation. This wine was then aged for 18 months in Oak before blending and was bottled unfiltered and un-fined.
2013 started out with a cold winter, a very late spring and bud break a full month behind 2012. A wet June turned into an overall cool summer. By the end of August we were weeks behind in the vineyard and behind in overall ripeness. However, as nature has a way of balancing out, we ended up with a very warm and dry Fall that allowed us to catch up quickly on sugar levels and the cool nights helped to retain acidity giving us a great natural balance in the grapes. Also, we experienced one of the driest falls on record with over 50 days without precipitation. We watched nervously, dogging a bullet each time a storm came up the coast or across the country and broke up over Long Island. But without precipitation and any notable disease pressure we were able to harvest each grape variety at our leisure and at its peak. The wines from 2013 show exceptional natural balance and full ripeness which has made us excited about the quality and the future longevity of the 2013 Vintage!
|Dimensions||3 x 3 x 12 in|
24% Cabernet Franc, 43$ Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
100% French Oak, 20% New Oak