Deerfield Ranch Winery 2002 Super Tuscan
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The 2002 Super T-Rex, a Tuscan style blend of 71% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet and 4% Dolcetto has a bit more Cab Franc than the 2001 vintage. This gives the wine more thrust in the upper palate, taking flavors and aromas into your nasal cavity like chocolate. It’s a bit fuller, more fruit forward and a bit darker than the ’01 Super T-Rex. It was almost three years in the barrel and almost 3 years in the bottle stored safely in Deerfield Ranch's cellars.
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley in Kenwood. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 40 separate lots of wine from those vineyards. Production lots vary from 250 cases to 1000 cases.
The fifth annual 2008 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition kicked off on Nov. 10, 2007, with the judging of 1,969 entries from 606 wineries and 16 countries
The winery's suggested pairing this Super Tuscan with Roasted Leg of Lamb.
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|Blend||71% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet and 4% Dolcetto|
|Appelation||Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties|
|Harvest Dates||Through-out October, 2002|
|Alcohol||14% by volume|
|Acidy||PH = 3.65, TA = 0.67|
We let our grapes get fully vine ripened. It’s like picking a strawberry from your own garden instead of buying them in the supermarket. We hand pick and hand sort each bunch. The winemaking techniques are gentle and meticulous, resulting in a wine with a brilliant hue, full expression of the fruit flavors, well integrated oak and layered complexity. The nose and flavor fill every corner of the palate lingering into a long finish.
The 2002 vintage was the best even-year vintage in decades. It produced elegant wines with perfect balance, reflecting the mild summer and long growing season. The vineyards from which the grapes were picked have been growing for Deerfield for years and are located in unique terroir of Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties.
In the Tuscan style, Super T-Rex was given extra aging time in the bottle before release to allow the flavors and tannins to marry and mellow. The result is a velvety smooth wine.
Super T-Rex is a Meritage style wine with an Italian bent. It has the forward fruitiness and lovely characteristics of a Sangiovese with the depth and complexity of a Meritage blend. Sangiovese focuses its flavor on the front of the palate, like a forward cresting wave. Cabernet Franc takes aromas and flavors to the top of the palate and into the nasal cavity where it creates a chocolate headiness. Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine middle structure and a long finish. Dolcetto (an Italian varietal) expands into the lower sides of the palate completing an all-encompassing taste delight.