Tatedog 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

200 cases (very few left)

This is a small lot wine form our vineyard that we picked in late October in what was one a fairly normal year. The fruit was in great shape with some dimpling indicating full ripeness. We hand picked the rows we had selected at dawn, with, a faint new moon waxing in the east. The mostly clone 337 fruit was cool and the juice in the tank was 25+ brix. The other fruit chemistry was also well balanced with a 3.78 pH and 0.61 TA. We destemmed and cold soaked for 48 hours before fermenting in a small open top fermentor. The punchdown regime was twice daily. Claude inoculated with D-254 yeast. Our barrel blend was 10% new Hungarian Trust40% 2nd use American and 40% 2nd use French so as not to overwhelm the fruit. The wine was in barrel 30 months.

We find that the wine is opulent in red and black fruits with a full body for sipping alone or supping with meals. The finish lingers nicely without being overwhelmed in tannins. We feel this is a very nice, elegant, smooth well balanced wine. As it ages, it has developed some nice mocha and cedar notes. We have had wonderful feedback from friends, consumers, trade and my associates in the industry.

2 comments to Tatedog 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • I read your stories of Tatedog and now I’d love to buy a case of this wine. We too have a miniature schnauzer, a black and silver and he is our 2nd schnauzer. His name is Bentley and his bravado seems very similar to Tatedog (including a very, very similar cat story).

    Please let me know if you have any of the 2008 cab remaining, and if not, perhaps the 2009.

    Mike Davis

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    Hey mike great talking to you today. Schnauzers are great dogs, sometimes crabby but full of love. I did lobby for another but Sophie( our Pumi) happened along and needed a good home with understanding owners. She has come a very long way and is a valued member of the family. She is very tough but not very sociable. Unlike Tate, she actually will bring the ball back to be thrown again. Tate preferred us chasing him. Cheers, Mike

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