Napa Cellars Winemaker Series Dessert Wine 2015
September 9–14, 2015
T.A.: 0.58 g/100mL
30 months in neutral French and Hungarian oak
The 2015 Napa Cellars Dessert Wine opens with enticing aromas of dried fruits, figs, blueberry jam and cola with hints of clove, spices and licorice. Bright flavors of cherries and ripe brambly fruit lead to warm flavors of cocao and pie crust. On the finish, longtoasted notes are rounded out with bright acidity and spice.
Exclusive, small lot wines sourced from three of Napa Valley’s renowned appellations spanning the length of the Valley. These include Calistoga at the northern most end and Carneros and Oak Knoll located in the southern portion. Our Napa Cellars dessert wine is artfully crafted by our winemaker to express the very best of Napa Cellars and the regions from which it is grown.
Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes are fermented separately with Premiere Cuvee yeast, extracting delicious fruit flavor, tannin and color from the skins. Once the fermenting wine reached preferred sugar levels, neutral grape spirit was added via a process called fortification. This halted fermentation due to the high alcohol levels which stop the yeast from eating up the sugars. The leftover residual sugar left the wine with a delectable sweetness. The wine was aged 30 months in neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels.
35% Syrah, 33% Petite Sirah, 31% Zinfandel