"The 2008 Poetry is a ripe and luxurious wine that has just begun to strut with flourishes of fig preserves, cassis, warm red cherries, and scorched earth aromas. There are more notes of graphite, dark cocoa powder, and new leather scents while the intense flavors of blackberry, black licorice, dried berries, and warm plum glide across the wide, long, and expansive finish." - Chris Tynan, Director of Winemaking, Tasted July 2021
The Poetry Vineyard, carved into a steep west-facing hillside, reaches from the highest elevations of the Stags Leap District appellation down to the valley floor. This vineyard’s soul is derived from shallow soils atop fractured shale. The small vines develop slowly, and naturally yield small berries due to the stressful nature of the site.
Grapes were picked in the cool darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered hand sorting process. The fruit was gently delivered to tank by our unique crane system, assuring a high percentage of whole berries. Cold soaks lasted approximately five to eight days and fermentations were managed through a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration of two and a half to five weeks ensured exceptional extraction and a fine-tuning of tannin profiles.