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Vintage
2005
Nobile

2005 Nobile
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 60%
Syrah 40%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
21.6 Brix
Alcohol
14.50
Cases Produced
300
Opt Consumption
2008-2015
Cooperage
63% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 5-18, 2005
Bottling Date
June 2007
Release Date
October 2008

Nobile is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Every year the exact blend may vary slightly—the 2005 Nobile is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% 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.

2005 Vintage
The 2005 growing season was long and somewhat difficult due to a wet spring, followed by a cool summer, and a very late harvest. All our Syrah grapes became ripe virtually simultaneously, whereas typically we harvest the highest elevation grapes three weeks before those from the lowest elevation. The longer time spent on the vine, however, resulted in grapes with well-developed and complex flavors.

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 the 2005 Nobile exudes black cherry and cocoa powder, underpinned by hints of cedar, tobacco, and leather. On the palate, its structure is classic Cabernet, along with a voluptuous mouth feel and velvety smooth finish.
Winemaking Notes
The Cabernet and Syrah were hand-harvested separately at optimum tannin and flavor ripeness, and each was fermented separately to bring out it’s strengths: the spicy complexity of the Cabernet and natural berry flavors of the Syrah. The Cabernet underwent a short cold soak, 14-day fermentation, and 3-day extended maceration. The Syrah underwent a short cold soak, 11-day fermentation, and no extended maceration. About one-third of the Syrah fermented naturally, without any added yeast. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the wine aged in French oak barrels. The wine was first blended in September 2006, and bottled after barrel aging for a total of 15 months. Unfiltered.

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 60%
Syrah 40%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
21.6 Brix
Alcohol
14.50
Cases Produced
300
Opt Consumption
2008-2015
Cooperage
63% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 5-18, 2005
Bottling Date
June 2007
Release Date
October 2008