It exhibits an earthy, mineral, monolithic character not unlike a chunky St. Estephe. With plenty of tannin, good ripeness, dried herb, chery, berry...terroir-driven.
2003 Ferrari-Carano PreVail West Face
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Grown at 500 to 1,400 feet, this wine boasts dark, concentrated aromas of blackberry, baking spices and toasted oak surround flavors of berry pie, butterscotch and milk chocolate. Opulent roasted, caramel oak flavors come through with plentiful, silky tannins providing textural proof of this wine’s ageability.
These 13-year-old mountain vines with ideal western sun exposure are dry farmed in verdant soil that adds impressive depth and flavor intensity to the wine. West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon along with Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes for West Face are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 28—35 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 20 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
This was a unique growing season that was characterized by an early start, then a cool spring, followed by a "hurry up and wait" start to harvest. The Labor Day weekend fire left a hot, dry and windy heat event in September gave way to a mild October with cold nights. A long, extended summer carried the grapes to ideal ripeness, with our last grapes being brought in the end of October.
- Alexander Valley
- 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc
- 60% new French and 40% older French oak barrels
- Release Day
- Summer 2006