1998 Stephan Ridge Red

Winemaking:

  • Picked by hand, with grape selection upon arrival at the winery
  • Cold maceration before fermentation: up to 30 days depending on varietal
  • Temperature-controlled during fermentation (between 80-85ยบ F)
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% in oak barrel
  • Aging: 80 % in new French oak, 20 % in one-year-old French oak
  • Length of aging: 12 months
  • No fining, no filtering
  • Blending: 60% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • At bottling: Al = 13.6%, Total Acidity in H2So4 = 4.60 g/L, Ph =3.82, in Tartaric = 5.25 g/L

    Tasting Notes:

    Ruby color, with aromas of toasted bread, red berry. It's slightly spicy, with good texture, and ripe tannins that leave an impression of softness and delicacy. Long-lasting on the palate, this wine is well-balanced and full of vitality.

    Serving Suggestions:

    Barbecued meats, grilled pork or veal chops, chicken salad
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