2003 Mistral Vineyard Port
RELEASE PRICE $40 Past Release
2003 marked the third vintage of Port from our Estate Mistral Vineyard in southern Santa Clara County. Traditional Portuguese varietals, Touriga National, Tinta Cao and Tinta Madeira, were […]Read More
|Barrel Description||Medium plus toast French Oak 13% new, 25% 1 year old, 50% 2 year old, 13% 3 year old|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
2003 marked the third vintage of Port from our Estate Mistral Vineyard in southern Santa Clara County. Traditional Portuguese varietals, Touriga National, Tinta Cao and Tinta Madeira, were co-fermented to produce aromas of blueberry and blackberry jam, dark chocolate, molasses, Kadota figs, and espresso. The ripe, round tannins provide for a good balance on the palate with hints of spice, rich berry fruits and a long savory finish. This Port was fortified from special “port style” spirits, made exclusively for Williams Selyem by the alembic stills of Hubert Germain-Robin of Alambic, Inc. in Ukiah, California. Our Port was aged in neutral François Frères oak barrels and only 3 barrels were produced.
Challenging weather during the 2003 growing season resulted in lighter than normal berry development. However lower yields, coupled with moderate temperatures, allowed for even ripening with good sugar, pH and acidity. Although Mother Nature provided us with a less than bountiful harvest, we are very pleased with the resulting wines. The grapes for this wine were harvested at an average of 25.4 Brix in late October.