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2008 Vespera, Red Blend

2008 Vespera, Red Blend
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Grigsby and Collinetta Vineyards
17 months in small French oak barrels, 60% new
Bottling Date
March 2010
Alcohol %

2008 Vespera, Red Blend


A blend of 59% Cabernet, 19% Petite Verdot, 14% Merlot and 8% Syrah, this inaugural 2008 bottling of Vespera is our most up-front, friendly, warm-and-cozy wine of the vintage, a vinous equivalent of Nonna's home cooking.

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The aromas here are rich and warm and inviting, a fruit-forward mix of cassis, black cherry, milk chocolate andespresso, with hints of cinnamon and creamy vanilla. On the palate the wine is round and full, with dense layers of dark fruit and a pleasing touch of spice. Perhaps the most striking feature of this unique blend, though, is its remarkably elegant texture. e tannins on the lingeringfinish are pure silk, almost caressing, as though they had simply melted into the wine. For a blend with this much concentration and richness, our 2008 Vespera shows an unusually soft touch. It promises toage beautifully for another 5 to 10 years, but why wait?



Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
At Rocca Family Vineyards, we believe deeply that all great wines are made in the vineyard. Our winemaker, Paul Colantuoni, and vineyard manager Sergio Melgoza work very closely together, taking tremendous care to ensure that our estate vineyards produce grapes of the highest possible quality. In 2008, their dedicated efforts met with growing conditions that definitely promoted quality over quantity. In the early spring, Napa Valley experienced its coldest and longest frost events in decades, which significantly reduced vineyard yields. Furthermore, for the second year in a row, rainfall was little more than 60% of average. As a result, grape clusters were far fewer and smaller than normal, with unusually tiny berries. Fortunately the rest of the growing season brought essentially picture-perfect ripening conditions, allowing these naturally concentrated grapes to mature slowly and fully, developing remarkably profound flavors and lush tannins. The resulting wines from the 2008 vintage are exceptionally dense, richly fruit-forward and extroverted, with great charm and elegance. For the inaugural Vespera vintage, we utilized 72% of the fruit came from the Collinetta Vineyard in Coombsville and 22% from our Grigsby Vineyard in Yountville.
Winemaker Notes
Our goal at Rocca is to make wines that reflect, as fully and faithfully as possible, the unique characteristics of the vineyards from which they come. To this end, all of our wines are made exclusively from our own organically farmed, estate-grown grapes, which we selectively hand-harvest in the cool hours of the night. Once the fruit has been picked, we take an emphatically hands-off, non-interventionist approach to winemaking. The grapes are de-stemmed as gently as possible, and allowed to ferment with the vineyard's own indigenous yeasts.The wine is then gently pressed off, and transferred into tight-grain French oak barrels for aging. In assembling the blend for Vespera, we carefully select individual barrels from the lots which best convey the sentiment behind this wine: our desire to pay tribute to friends, family, and the warmth we share together.
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