2015 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red
The 2015 Nicole’s Proprietary Red is a blend created from the best barrels of our estate’s finest vineyard blocks. The final composition consists of three of the Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Lush and full on the palate, this wine has an intense core of dark cherry, currants and blackberry fruit with dark chocolate and floral undertones. Balanced by its acidity, polished tannins, and exotic oak the wine shows an underlying minerality in its lingering finish. Nicole’s should be decanted when young, and should age for 20+ years.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot
September 11 - October 9
24 months in 100% French oak
January 11, 2018
It was a warmer than average year in the Alexander Valley for the 2015 vintage. August was fairly moderate, with a bit of a spike in temperature by early September. We harvested all of the fruit from September 11 - October 9 at peak ripeness. Yields were down slightly, but the fruit was high quality and concentration. Overall, the fruit came in nicely delivering wines of complexity and elegance. Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2015 Nicole’s Proprietary Red was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered. The 2015 was aged 24 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Saury, and Bel Air. 100% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide optimal integration and balance.
Only 459 cases produced