Amberleigh Reserve 2007 - Glacial Lake Missoula Wine Co
2007 was a wonderful vintage, our grapes received extended hang-time, and on October 20th we processed 10 tons of grapes in our largest crush yet. We pursued our usual strategy for maximizing phenolic extraction: a cold soak, after a saignier of 15%, then a thorough treading on the skins, pitching with D254 yeast, and a long fermentation, with much punching down of the chapeau in our concrete lagar fermenter. All press wine is included in the mix. The wine was aged for 48 months in New French oak hogsheads with heavy toast and toasted heads. The resulting wine has smoky aromatics, pomegranate and cassis fruit flavors, refined and silky tannins, and racy acidity.