Ray and Shirley Massaro’s vineyard is off Duhig Road in the southern Carneros appellation. Most of their crop goes to Mumm Champagne, but a small block has been reserved and specially cultivated for us 1993-2000.
This vintage was harvested on September 24, 1999, at 22.7 degrees Brix. Primary fermentation in four open containers lasted for 9 days. Pressed in old basket press. Aged for almost a year in 60-gallon French oak barrels, and bottled Aug. 23-25, 2000. Bottle aged for six years.
Like all of its siblings from this vineyard, the 1999 vintage is soft and luscious., The fragrance is subtle, complex and elegant. The flavor combines a velvety softness with the warmth of plum flavors.
220 cases produced
$18.50 per bottle
Alc. 12.7 % by volume