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Vintage
2008
Nobile

2008 Nobile
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 58%
Syrah 42%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.10
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2012-2022
Cooperage
66% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 8-19, 2008
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
October 2011

Nobile is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from our estate vineyards. Every year the exact blend may vary slightly—the 2008 Nobile is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% 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.

2008 Vintage
The 2008 growing season was one of extremes with a dry spring, excessive heat during boom, a record-early harvest, and extremely low yields.  The last rain was in February, and the sunny dry spring led to a March budbreak about two weeks early.  During bloom in May, the temperature swung up to 60°F between daytime and nighttime, thus our fruit set was poor (leading to yields being down 40%).  Summer temperatures were fairly moderate although August had some fairly hot days.  Harvest started on September 6th, the earliest in Montemaggiore history.

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 2008 Nobile exudes black cherry and cassis aromas, underpinned by hints of cedar, tobacco, chocolate, and mocha. On the palate, its structure is classic mouth-filling Cabernet, balancing power and elegance, with a velvety smooth finish. Nobile pairs well with a simple grilled steak, braised short ribs, osso buco, grilled sausage, beef and vegetable stew, roasted squash, and polenta with grilled portobellos.
Winemaking Notes
The Cabernet and Syrah were hand-harvested separately at optimum tannin and flavor ripeness, and each was fermented separately to bring out its strengths: the structured complexity of the Cabernet and spicy berry flavors of the Syrah. The Cabernet underwent a short cold soak and a 14-day fermentation while the Syrah underwent a short cold soak with a 16-day fermentation. 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 blended in September 2009, and bottled after barrel aging for 19 months.

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 58%
Syrah 42%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.10
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2012-2022
Cooperage
66% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 8-19, 2008
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
October 2011