Bobcat Estate Vineyard
Touriga Nacional is a celebrated Portuguese variety best known as the key grape in Port, the fortified wine of the Douro valley. It is distinguished by its low yields, small berry size, high skin to pulp ratio and its exotic aromatics.
The wine has the color of rosewood with a bouquet of dark chocolate shavings, violets and dried rosemary, holding your attention is the sustained flavors of black and blue fruits, espresso coffee and bitter-sweet cocoa. Successive swirls reveals accents of raspberry jam, black licorice, spiced damson plums and spearmint.
Dark chocolate, violets, mint, dried rosemary, black and blue fruits, raspberry jam, bittersweet cocoa, espresso.
Butterflied Cuban style pork chops folded over Swiss cheese with dried oregano and garlic, coffee crusted beef tenderloin, baked eggplant parmesan.
Planted in 2001, Bobcat Vineyard produces both of Adelaida’s dessert wines. Bobcat Crossing is planted with three Portuguese grapes—Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, and Souzão—to produce a Port-Style wine (Don’s favorite). The soil bears sandy and loamy characteristics. The vineyard sustains hotter temperatures than the other sites, averaging between the mid-90s during the day to the low 50s at night.
2014 was a year marked by low rainfall and the daily warm-cool weather pattern typical of the central coast. The regularity of these diurnal swings plus minimal heat spikes benefited the all important last month of ripening. Picked at night in the second week of September, grape clusters were hand sorted and de-stemmed before transfer to small batch stainless vats. Fermented on native yeast with daily punch downs and pump-overs, the new wine was moved to neutral oak barrels for extended ageing.
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