This was the 14th bottling of Vintage Reserve since the inaugural vintage of 1977. The wine is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec.
The grapes were hand harvested from select estate blocks in the Santa Ynez Valley. After destemming and light crushing, each lot was inoculated with a slow fermenting yeast for balanced extraction. Extended maceration was employed for a total of 28 days of skin contact to refine the
tannin profile. This wine was aged for 22 months in limited thin-staved French oak barrels.
Firestone vineyards was founded in 1972 by father and son, Leonard and Brooks Firestone. It is now owned by Bill Foley.
This wine was imported by MURAM International AB.
Colour : Dark red
Aroma : Cedar, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, mint, cherries
Taste : Initially all structure, tannins, and some cedar, devoid of fruit, closed, then after 30 minutes the fruit began to show and after 1 hour this wine really opened up. Structured, cedar, blackcurrant, tobacco, mint, milk chocolate, sour note on finish. This wine ended up as a nice copycat high-end Bordeaux.
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : 293 SEK
Mark : B
Website : Firestone Vineyards
Website : MURAM International AB