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2008 Hoot Owl Creek vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
This 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has all one looks for in wines from the Alexander Valley. Clone 337 on 110R Elevation about 700 ft above the valley floor with a southwest facing slope. Gravelly shale in red volcanic soil.

A 4 day soak at 60oF was followed by inoculation with D254 yeast and warming to 80oF. Fermentation took off, reaching 88oF. Pumpovers were gentle, mostly by sprinkler, two times a day for a week and then one time a day for another week. The wine was pressed and put to barrel (30% new Remond Aillier barrels) to go through Malo-lactic fermentation. Then it was racked and put back to barrel. It was racked 3 more times during its aging period, then bottled June 25, 2010.

Tasting notes 3/17/13
Nose: comes right at you with big ripe cassis and black cherry. There is nice oak backup and classic Alexander Valley Cab elegance.
Palate: Big dark chocolate flavors and almost syrupy intense black fruit mid palate are followed by plenty of smooth oak and a lovely finish. This wine is a real attention grabber. 304 cases plus 8 cs at 12/375 and 10 cs at 6/1.5L . 

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