2004 marked the fourth 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
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2004 marked the fourth 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 blackberry jam, dark chocolate, caramel, Mission figs, and espresso. The rich and round tannins provide great balance on the palate with hints of dark berry fruits, dried licorice spices and a savory finish. This Port was fortified from a 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.
A hot spell in March followed by a warm spring influenced an unusually early bloom and budbreak. This precocious start, followed by a growing season of moderate temperatures, resulted in a very early harvest. Although we harvested the grapes two to three weeks earlier than normal, the long season provided ample time for the fruit to reach full maturity and develop extraordinary color and intense flavors. A cooling trend in mid-September offered the Chardonnay additional hang time prior to harvest.