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Vintage
2002
Superiore

2002 Superiore
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 75%
Syrah 25%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.7 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
435
Opt Consumption
2005-2010
Cooperage
56% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18-Oct 10, 2002
Bottling Date
January 2005
Release Date
June 2005

Superiore is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each year the exact blend varies slightly—the 2002 Superiore is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah—but the synergy between these varietals always produces a wonderful, age-worthy wine.

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

Vintage Information
In 2002, the weather was fairly moderate and our crop would have been abundant, but we thinned about 30% of the fruit on our young vines to enhance the flavor characteristics. Our inaugural vintage, 2002 has proven to be a great year at Montemaggiore.

Winemaker's Goal
With the Nobile blend, Cabernet's strengths (structure, ageability, and depth) are combined with syrah's strengths (breadth of flavors, soft tannins)—thereby yielding a wine that's appealing fruit aromas, easy to drink young or aged, and a lot of complexity to keep you sipping! More on Nobile Winemaking

Tasting Notes
You'll first notice the deep, dark, and almost impenetrable purple-ruby color of this wine. Then putting you nose into the glass, you'll be surrounded by A subtle aroma of berries, spices, and pepper underpinned by firm tannins. On your palate, the great intensity and depth of flavor will impress you, along with the long, smooth finish.
Winemaking Notes
The Cabernet and Syrah were fermented separately for this wine, and then in early 2003, we chose the specific barrels for the final blend. Our goal for the blending was to have the intense fruit of the Syrah "brighten" the sternness of the Cabernet, and the big tannins of the Cabernet give the Syrah more structure.

Food Pairings
Being a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine goes well with the dishes that traditionally go well with each varietal.  

Nobile pairs well with a grilled steak, braised short ribs, grilled sausage, roasted squash, braised lamb shanks, and polenta with grilled portobellos.

Consider our recipe for osso buco.

Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
October 2005

"This Cabernet-Syrah blend is obviously very ripe, packed with black cherry and chocolate flavors, with interesting herb and pepper notes. There's a nice edge of tannins and acids. Sophisticated and intricate, it will pair well with lamb or beef."

California Wine Web
March 2006

"A blend of Syrah and Cabernet from hillside vineyards adds dimension to this big, firm-textured, fully tannic debut wine from a new Dry Creek winery. Aromas are closed, but berry, cherry, chocolate and smoke flavors come out with time. "

San Francisco Chronicle
January 2006

The 2002 Superiore, our first vintage, won a Silver Medal in the largest American wine competition, in which more than 3,300 wines were entered from throughout the United States.

Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has been producing Nobile, a Cabernet-Syrah blend since our inception in 2002, although from 2002-2004 it was called Superiore.  

 
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 75%
Syrah 25%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.7 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
435
Opt Consumption
2005-2010
Cooperage
56% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18-Oct 10, 2002
Bottling Date
January 2005
Release Date
June 2005