Tasting Notes Archive
"Once in a lifetime the opportunity to make a wine like this comes around and after all the 'Trials and Tribulations' this single wine placed upon the production team it is probably safe to say this is the first and last Late Harvest Marsanne Vin de Paille. The grapes were air dried on bread trays, fans blowing around the clock to keep the fruit flies at bay. The trays were rotated once a week to prevent mold and when a water pipe broke and flooded half the crop, we nearly surrendered. But through these ‘Trials and Tribulations’ came a ½ ton of fruit that was foot stomped and hand pressed through a china cap, aged in a 15 gallon 100% new French oak barrel for nearly 2 years until completion. Bottled by hand, labeled by hand and sealed with a wax cap…again by hand, I am ecstatic to say this problem child wine has blossomed into an exquisite example of some of the finest Late Harvest that have ever passed across my lips. Delivering an ethereal drinking experience, 'Trials & Tribulations' tangos effortlessly on the palate, presenting ripe peach, dried apricots and roasted almonds accentuated with cinnamon and vanilla spice." - Jeff Cohn
Waves of spice, orange zest & apricot with occasional whiffs of honeysuckle create an intensely aromatic, guilty pleasure. Delivering an ethereal drinking experience, Trials & Tribulations tangos effortlessly on the palate, presenting ripe peach, dried apricots, roasted almonds accentuated with cinnamon & vanilla spice. Sweet, thick & powerful, flawlessly seamless with a nearly endless finish. Harvested at 44 brix. Residual sugar 28.3%.