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2015 La Penna Estate

VQA Beamsville Bench
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About This Wine:
The name La Penna – ‘feather’ in Italian – alludes to migratory hawks that ride thermal updrafts along the steep limestone cliffs at our Cave Spring Vineyard. These breezes enable us, in the traditional ‘appassimento’ method, to naturally air dry Cabernet Franc grapes grown at our estate. The concentrating effect of this time-honoured process enriches and adds complexity to the final cuvée. 
 
Origin:
Cave Spring Vineyard  
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay loam till over shale and sandstone 
 
Composition:
100% Cabernet Franc (85% Conventional Vinification; 15% Appassimento Vinification) 
 
Harvest Data:
Date- Oct. 22; Crush- Dec. 29
Sugar-24.8º, Crush- 26.4ºBrix
T.A. 5.25 g/L; At Crush- 6.15 g/L
pH- 3.53; At Crush- 3.45
Yield- 649 L/tonne 
 
Vinification:
Appassimento Method – According to the traditional Veronese air-drying method, Cabernet Franc was selectively hand-harvested and transferred onto racks in a naturally ventilated barn at our vineyard where natural air flows resulted in a gradual desiccation of the grapes over a 7-week period. Appassimento Portion (15%) – The air-dried fruit was de-stemmed and crushed, after which the must underwent a 14-day maceration with manual punch-downs. Following pressing, the wine was barrel aged for 25 months in 3rd fill American oak barriques. Conventinonal Portion (85%) – A 14-day maceration and fermentation using selected yeast strains was followed by ageing in barriques for 16 months. The barrel regime included 30% new Hungarian oak, 35% 2nd fill American oak and 35% 3rd fill Hungarian oak barriques. 
 
Bottling Data:
Date- April 2017
Alc. 15.7%
Residual Sugar- >3.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.15 g/L
pH- 3.53
Production- 150 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, figs and dried fruit are married with notes of smoky sour cherry and blueberry. Cedar and saddle leather are also part of the bouquet with undertones of dark chocolate and mint. The palate is full-bodied and round with an affirming mineral seam and balancing acidity. Upfront rich notes of dried fruit (raisons and prunes) lead to a plush middle palate with notes of ripe purple plum. The finish is long and spicy with notes of cinnamon, clove and sour cherry left lingering on the palate.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Roast fowl and game birds (e.g., duck, Guinea hen squab); osso buco; slow roast of lamb or venison; grilled steak or prime rib, cooked rare; gnocchi with Gorgonzola 
 
Ageability:
Eminently drinkable upon release, the 2015 vintage will be at its zenith between 2020 and 2022. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$44.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery Only
 
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