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Vintage
2003
Superiore

2003 Superiore
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 77%
Syrah 23%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.7 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
650
Opt Consumption
2006-2014
Cooperage
57% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-30, 2003
Bottling Date
September 2005
Release Date
October 2006

Superiore is Montemaggiore's own special blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each year the exact blend varies slightly—the 2003 Superiore is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Syrah—but the synergy between these two 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.

2003 Vintage
“Strange” best describes the 2003 growing season. February saw bud break come two weeks early but then growth slowed in March and April with the deluge of rain. The summer seemed to track normally, but then July brought rain, not once but three times—very unusual for our typically rain-free summer. The season culminated with an intense heat spell in late September. Strangely, this unusual season resulted in phenomenal fruit complexity!

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 the aroms of cherry, spice, and olive 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 2005, 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.

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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 77%
Syrah 23%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.7 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
650
Opt Consumption
2006-2014
Cooperage
57% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-30, 2003
Bottling Date
September 2005
Release Date
October 2006