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Vintage
2004
Superiore

2004 Superiore
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 70%
Syrah 30%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
400
Opt Consumption
2007-2015
Cooperage
53% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 9-Oct 22, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
October 2007

Superiore is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Every year the exact blend may vary slightly—the 2004 Superiore is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah—but the synergy between our 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.

2004 Vintage
Yields were pushed lower in 2004 due to the cold, wet, dark spring of 2003 (grape bunches are formed internally the spring before they emerge). Our regulated deficit irrigation practices caused the individual grapes to be much smaller thus even more intensely flavored. Given the smaller number of bunches with smaller berries in 2004, we were further rewarded with wonderfully mild and even summer temperatures—the harvest was our earliest on record. What a spectacular year!

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
The aroma of this wine conveys a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah: juicy berries underpinned by complex spiciness. The succulent black cherry and cassis aromas develop on the smooth palate along with deep flavors of chocolate with floral tea accents. This wine carries the hallmarks of Montemaggiore: rich and mouth-filling yet elegant, with well-integrated oak and a long finish.
Winemaking Notes
We fermented each varietal separately with its own yeast to bring out the natural berry flavors of the Syrah and the spicy complexity of the Cabernet. The Cabernet underwent a short cold soak, 14-day fermentation, and 4-day extended maceration in stainless steel tanks. The Syrah underwent a short cold soak, 11-day fermentation, and no extended maceration. The wine was blended in May 2005 and bottled after aging for 24 months in French oak barrels.

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.

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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 70%
Syrah 30%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
400
Opt Consumption
2007-2015
Cooperage
53% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 9-Oct 22, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
October 2007