Ancestor Release Dinner and 2011 Vin de Paille

The 2011 Vin de Paille (straw wine, see the bottom of this post for more information) has been laid out in the barn marking the shift into Fall and the release of our 2007 Ancestor!

Tonight we will hold a dinner in the barn to celebrate!  Our 65 guests will be treated to a delectable multi-course meal paired with our beautiful wines and culminating (obviously!) with this special release.

2007 Ancestor is comprised of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22%Malbec, 17% Petit Verdot, and 17% Syrah.  It represents the absolute best our vineyard had to offer in the 2007 vintage.  The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak, 45% of the barrels were new. 2007 Ancestor exhibits astonishing lush fruit and a healthy tannic backbone, though quite delicious now, it should age well over the next 10-12 years.

As promised, here is a description of the process behind our Vin de Paille:

Straw wines are made in various regions throughout France, Italy, Greece Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and now California (Halter Ranch, Tablas Creek, Bonny Doon, and a few others have caught the Paille fever!).  The grapes are harvested as normal (though it is a dessert wine, sweetness is not attained in Vin de Paille by harvesting late) and laid out on straw which acts to control mildew while allowing the grapes to slowly dehydrate.  After 4-6 weeks, once the grapes have begun to raisin, sugar and flavor are highly concentrated.  It is at this point that the clusters are collected and gently pressed to produce the irresistible, amber colored nectar we sell in the tasting room!

Thanks for reading!  For more information you may follow us on facebook or twitter (@halterranch), links to our website and wine shop are along the column to the right!

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