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Purple Hands Oregon Red Blend

Red Blend Willamette Valley
Purple Hands Oregon Red Blend

The warm summer gave the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot a foundation for soaking the grape on its skins for longer, bigger extraction. With the strong push of early heat it positioned us for the ability to let the fruit hang, not worrying about the quick cooling temperatures as October neared, leaving us the ability to pick all the varieties with perfect physiological ripeness. Rain did show its face in bits and pieces but nothing in measures that threatened a great vintage. With the moderate maritime temperatures late in the summer it left the grape with a great deal of elegance to work with, making for a wonderful 09 Purple Hands Oregon Red Blend.

Tasting Notes
Texturally silky and creamy, the raspberry red fruit medley dance across a chocolate backbone finishing in dark fruit, red licorice and anise lingering on a caramel periphery.

Blend: 15% Pinot Noir Holstein Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 40% Merlot: Del Rio Vineyard, Rogue Valley AVA
Harvest: Hand picked Pinot Noir: 9/29/09, Cab Sauv, Syrah, and Merlot: 10/08/09
Fermentation: 90% destemmed into small open-top 1 1/4 ton fermentors 6 day cold soak at 56°F, 15 day fermentation, with punchdowns 2 times a day, peak temp 90°F, no post maceration
Aging: 10 months in 100% neutral French oak.
PH: 3.6
TA: 6.4 gr/L
Alcohol: 13.5%
Cases Produced: 1,500