The 2006 Emily's Cuvee has a deep, rich ruby color, bursting with strawberry, raspberry and red cherry aromas. Full bodied with tangy raspberry flavors and balanced acidity. Tannins are controlled and fine grained, soft and rich with a finish that is long and flavorful. Its extensive array of flavors and aromas will age gracefully and become more complex over the next several years.
Emily's Cuvee is produced from a vineyard site farmed by Jim Ledbetter (Vino Farms), near the banks of the Russian River. This primary vineyard, the home ranch for Vino Farms, is located on a well drained, gravelly site less than one mile from the Russian River - the "middle reach" of the appellation. This vineyard experiences the full impact of cooling fog which travels up the rivers banks.
Fruit is harvested in the cool morning hours and transported to the winery on Starr Road (minutes away) for destemming into small, two-ton custom designed fermenting tanks. A portion of juice is fermented using pure strain yeast while the balance ferments spontaneously with wild (indigenous) yeast. During fermentation, the cap was punched down by hand several times each day to gently extract the grapes flavors and aromas.