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Red Truck Winery California Red Wine 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes
    Medium-bodied and complex, flavors of chocolate, berries, cherries and licorice abound. The black pepper finish settles with smooth tannins.

    Vintage
    2004 was a cool year with a few heat spikes. The grapes arrived in excellent condition and rewarded us with wines that have great color and good flavor.

    Vineyards
    Much of the Syrah came from our Sonoma Coast Vineyards called the Lazy C and P. The balance of the Syrah is from the Central Coast areas of Paso Robles and Shandon where those grapes produce dark, rich wine. The Cabernet Franc is from a hillside vineyard planted on rocky, red soil made of decomposed granite. This vineyard is east of Lodi and the irrigation is managed using ''deficit irrigation'' to control vigorous growth and increase flavor and color intensity. The Petite Sirah vineyard is on its ''fifth leaf'' and grows at the base of the foothills in the south-east corner of Sacramento county. It is cooled by the Sacramento Delta breezes and the grapes are dark and flavorful.

    Winemaking
    The grapes were picked and then gently crushed and pumped to the stainless fermentation tank. The wines received pump-overs thrice daily to aid flavor extraction. The free run was then drained from the tank to another settling tank and the grapes were pressed. The flavorful press wine was recombined with the free run and the wine was settled for about two weeks. The wine was racked to a combination of neutral oak barrels and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The blend was further enhanced with a mix of both French and American oak.

    Posted by dustinjacobsen on September 25th, 2008 at 9:19pm | report comment

    This is a great wine, especially for the price point. Very solid, almost meaty ... the wine almost leaves a red stain on the glass :) Wonderful nose, and strong fruit flavors.

    Posted by jrier on January 13th, 2011 at 1:14am | report comment

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