Niner Wine Estates
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The grapes in this blend were grown at our two estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Heart Hill Vineyard is located in the Willow Creek District and Bootjack Ranch in the Geneseo District. We find that both vineyards complement each other in a blend to produce a wine that is a great representation of the quality that Paso Robles can achieve. When composing the blend, we used Cabernet Sauvignon for structure, Malbec for a juicy component and Cabernet Franc for fine tannin and length. All other varietals in the blend are accent pieces, each adding spice and different fruit characteristics. The result is a rich and layered red wine.
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon we farm at both Heart Hill Vineyard and Bootjack Ranch. In 2018 we hand harvested the grapes throughout the month of October. This slow, methodical harvest allowed us to capture the complex spectrum of flavors that Cabernet Sauvignon is revered for: dark cherry, brushy herbs, chalky tannins and full-bodied fruit. We de-stemmed the grapes and fermented them in stainless steel tanks. A portion of the fruit was co-fermented with Petit Verdot. Only free-run juice was used in the bottling and we aged it in 50% new French Oak barrels for 21 months before bottling.
Fog Catcher is our flagship estate Bordeaux blend. It is named for the cool, grey banks of fog that drift over our vineyards in the early morning, and the 2018 vintage is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec & 5% Carménère. We hand-harvested and fermented each varietal independently and allowed them to age in barrel for 16 months. After they had matured, we tasted each and selected the top tier barrels. To qualify, each variety must show luxurious texture, power and finessed flavors. The final blend was composed and returned to French Oak barrels to age an additional year, for a total of 26 months. We then allow the wine to rest in bottle for an additional year before we release it. If you plan to drink it within the first few years of its release, we recommend decanting for four+ hours prior to enjoying it.