- Appellation suisun valley
This was our second Babylon; this is what I wrote about the wine when we first released it in 2006: Babylon-- this wine is now at home in many civilized
dining rooms, but it is still fierce, nearly barbaric.
Its source is a remarkable vineyard, in Suisun Valleyâ€“ far
enough from Napa to represent the mysterious, distant East. People
farm differently, vines have a different aspect, one does not feel
at home on the way to this vineyard. But then one reaches it and
its excellence announces itself immediately: the vines are perfectly
balanced, restricted in their growth, with clusters that are few
in number and small-berried. A natural cover-crop grows beneath
them. The partnership between the growersâ€“ the scrupulous
Tenbrink familyâ€“ and the Project was so successful in 2003
that we agreed that they would grow as much as possible for the
me in 2004. I harvested 7 tonsâ€“ 7 times as much as in 2003.
We farmed even more rigorously than we did in 2003, and with spectacular
results. The grapes were so healthy that I could let them hang much
longer than in 2003, and they did so without any raisining. I used
a new, very large, vessel to ferment this vast quantity, and took
advantage of the opportunity it allowed to macerate the grapes for
a week before fermentation, and for ten days after fermentation
The wine went to barrel in 50% new oak and remained there for 18
months without topping and sulfur, undisturbed since its original
passage into barrel. It is beautifully fragrant, clean and directâ€“
hardly barbarian except for its fierce intensity. It is ready to
drink now and will reward you with a gladiatorial contest in your
mouth-- one without losers. The wine will be somewhat less fierce
in a decade or so.
Beautiful, nearly mature savage red wine. Redolent of hung game, weapons steel, porcini broth.