||2005 Festival Red
The summer of 2005 brough back memories from 1995, including a severe drought and gorgeous sunny heat. The ripeness was optimum and the yield was back to normal, after the damages sustained in the hail storm of 2003. In spite of the deluge of October (21 inches of rain in 8 days), we harvested what was perhaps one of our best crops ever. Average yields were 2.5 tons per acre.
The grapes were sent through the crusher-destemmer with the rollers set wide apart to retain a larger number of whole berries. 2005 marks the first vintage at Paumanok where a sorting belt was used to sort the grapes and remove MOG (material other than grape). The must was inoculated immediately. Pump overs were done with splashing of the free run and then gently irrigating the cap. This method insures that only the softest tannins are extracted. After the fermentation was complete, the free run was drained into oak barrels. The must was pressed and, after clarification, was also moved to oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrels. After 14 months in the French oak barrels the Festival Red was bottled.
Medium-bodied and fresh with flavors of black cherry and plum.
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Variety: 66% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot
Cooperage: 60% French oak, 40% American oak
Total acidity: 6.5 g/l
Harvest Date: October 18-19, 2005
Brix at Harvest: 22.4
Residual Sugar: 0.1%
Bottling Date: April 17, 2007
Release Date: November 1, 2007
Production: 678 cases