DECEMBER 7 & 8, 2019
Wine Club Library Tasting
2008 VINTAGE SELECTIONS
WHEN: 11 am - 5 pm
COST: FREE for current Wine Club members;
General public: $15 ($10 if you come with a club member)
You are invited to join us for a rare opportunity to taste some extremely limited wines from our cellar, paired with delicious appetizers.
2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, LIBRARY WINE
Harvest Brix: 25.7 pH: 3.42 TA: 6.3 Alc: 15% ML: 0% RS: 0.0%
Barrel age: 3 years Cases produced: 119
This cabernet comes from Pratt Vineyard, in Fair Play, and has our region’s classic bright cherry fruit. Decanting makes this wine come alive. At a youthful 11 years of age, the 2008 vintage has excellent structure and acidity. It can continue to cellar for years with proper storage. This wine is excellent with roasts, lentils and mushroom dishes.
2008 TROUBADOUR, LIBRARY WINE
Harvest Brix: 25.5 pH: 3.56 TA: 6.1 Alc: 14.9% ML: 0% RS: 0.0%
Barrel age: 3 years Cases produced: 74
Our 2008 Troubadour is a 70:30 blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, made from Pratt Vineyard Cabernet and our Estate Shiraz. Our shiraz ads a hint of spice, blueberry and slight earthy quality to the vibrant red cherry fruit of the cabernet. The result is a well structured, complex blend in the classic style which is well suited to long-term aging. This wine is great with rack of lamb, beef roasts, eggplant, mushrooms, and even milder Middle Eastern and Indian dishes.
2008 ESTATE SHIRAZ, LIBRARY WINE
Harvest Brix: 24.9 pH: 3.56 TA: 5.8 Alc: 14.7% ML: 0% RS: 0.0%
Barrel age: 3 years Cases produced: 71
The shiraz grown in our vineyard was grafted from cuttings of some of the earliest Australian-clone shiraz vines grown in California. Our soil and climate yield a grape with classic shiraz blueberry fruit character and peppery spice, along with the bold tanins and concentration typical of our foothills. Aging this wine has softened the youthful tanins and enhanced the spice, and the wine is tasting incredibly smooth and decadent. This wine can continue to cellar with proper storage; or enjoy now with braised or grilled lamb and roast root vegetables.
For this event only, a limited quantity of the wines being tasted will be available for purchase to our Merry Monks Wine Club members.