EFESTĒ Bordeaux- Nana 2010

The Wine:

• Harvested in October and November
• 100% Natural (un-inoculated) fermentation, in addition to malolactic fermentation
• Entirely hand harvested and sorted, small lot fermentations
• Average days on skins = 14
• Pressed straight to 100% French oak; 30% new, 70% seasoned
• Aged on lees until August
• Racked only twice throughout maturation: once to blend in August; once to tank for bottling
• Bottled in June of 2012, unfined and unfiltered (20 months oak matured)
• 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
• 556 cases produced

The Vineyard:

• Red Willow Vineyard
• Angela’s Vineyard – Efestē Estate 
• Stonetree Vineyard
• Klipsun Vineyard

Analysis:

• Alc. 14.45%
• pH 3.78
• TA 6.10g/L

Tasting Notes:

Deep, saturated garnet color, the first release of Nana is a great one! A blend of 4 acclaimed vineyards, this wine is a blend of 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose offers dark cherry (almost kirsch-like), black licorice and toasty oak. There is also a slight earthy/garden-type aroma that reminds me of freshly picked peas (I love that type of nuance in cool-climate Bordeaux varieties). The tannins are fine-grained and structured, supporting dark currant, blueberry, allspice and cashew flavors. This is a smart wine, exemplifying focus and classic ageability, which should give it plenty of time to develop in bottle.
—Peter Devison, Winemaker