Winemakers Tasting Notes
2009 Mithra Sauvignon Blanc. Harvested in October 2009 from Aria Vineyard. Sent direct to press, cold settled in stainless steel tanks for 48 hours then racked off solids. Fermentation began in stainless steel and was completed in French oak barrels, with 20% new, 80% one-time use. The wine was kept on its primary lees, conducting botanage or stirring once a month for 6 months, prior to bottling, the wine was blended with an additional 5% Semillon.
The fruit characteristics are very reflective of hillside rocky soils, with guava, peach and minerals, creaminess from lees contact, and sweet texture of Semillon rounding out the flavors. The bright acidity accentuates the citrus qualities and supplies structure and balance to support the fruit flavors.
2008 Mithra Cabernet Sauvignon. From Aria Vineyards block A&B. These were harvested in small, 1.5 ton lots and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with daily pump over to extract color from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was macerated for a total of 28 days, and pressed and racked to French Oak Barrels for aging, with approximately 80% new and 20% one-time use. The press wine was separated and not re-incorporated. The wine was aged for 20 months and racked and blended with 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, all from the Aria Vineyard, prior to bottling without filtration.
A firm and structured Cabernet Sauvignon with coco, blackberries and currants that are mingled with aromas of fresh roast coffee.