We are pleased to this award-winning vintage of Surround, a Bordeaux-style wine blended from three small vineyard lots in our surrounding valley as well as lots from our Stone Edge and Mount Pisgah estate vineyards. All of the vineyards are farmed organically by Phil Coturri, and meticulously groomed to produce small crops of intensely flavored grapes
The 2006 growing season began with bud break about two weeks later than normal due to heavy spring rains. Summer temperatures were modest, with one ten-day hot spell in July that occurred before the grapes had colored. The remainder of the ripening season was relatively cool and sunny, leading to long hang times and excellent flavor development. Harvest was one to two weeks later than usual, but the excellent October Indian summer weather brought the grapes to full maturity. Crop levels in our vineyards were 1.9 to 2.6 tons per acre.
This deep red wine has complex aromas of cassis and cedar, with shadings of mushrooms and subtle herbs. It is rich and full bodied with a velvety supple texture and lingering finish.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 24% Merlot
Vineyard Source (certified organic):
Stone Edge Vineyard
Mount Pisgah Vineyard
Coco Bean Vineyard
Harvest: October 9 – November 1
Cooperage: 30 months in French oak barrels (65% new)
Filtration/Fining: Unfined, light filtration at bottling
Cases Produced: 910
Aging Potential (recommended): 5 to 10 years
Fermentation: Grapes were hand-harvested and the clusters sorted before entering the Delta destemmer. The destemmed berries were again sorted on their way to our one-ton fermenters. Fermentations were initiated after two days of cold soaking. Punchdowns were performed by hand two to four times per day, and the fermenters pressed at dryness in a Carlsen basket press.