Deluge 2015 Reserve - Glacial Lake Missoula Wine Co
Harvested in late September, at 25o brix, our Cabernet grapes from 2015 were superb. This vintage had the highest Color Index (a measure of total phenolics) of any wine that we’ve made: 98 AU (Absorbance Units). The previous best was 76 AU for our 2003 Deluge. Not coincidentally, 12 years is the length of the last solar cycle, and summer 2003 and 2015 both were at the peak of the last two cycles, when the sun displays maximum sunspots and emits much more UV light. The wine was aged 28 months in new French oak hogsheads. It is massive: overflowing with black fruit, cassis, cocoa, mouth-filling astringency, and zazzy acidity. It will develop in the bottle considerably.