||2005 Petit Verdot Apollo Drive Vineyard Limited Edition
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. The grapes used for this wine came from a single block on Apollo Drive. Average yields were 1.75 to 2 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 French oak barrels the Petit Verdot Apollo Drive Vineyard was bottled.
Spicy, with concentrated black fruit flavors and inky black in color. This full-bodied wine possesses ample tannins that suggest it will cellar well for many years.
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Variety: 100% Petit Verdot
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 33% new oak
Total acidity: 6.5 g/l
Harvest Date: October 21, 2005
Brix at Harvest: 24.0
Residual Sugar: 0.1%
Bottling Date: April 26, 2007
Release Date: March 17, 2008
Production: 76 cases