Teachworth Napa Valley 2005:
The winter and early spring of 2005 was the wettest ever at Teachworth Estate Winery: over 57 inches total! Bud breaks came a week before spring (about normal for us) with flowering at the end of May. Shatter was evident in both vineyards due to all the rain. Spring was cold and wet, followed by a hot and dry July and August. Clusters of small, tight berries tasted great by the end of September, but cold fog returned to give us a long hang-time. We finally harvested on October 15th and wound up with four-and-a-half barrels after severe sorting. Most was from the lower Manzanita Hill Vineyard. After a long aging in our cave in new French oak barrels from Bordeaux, we finally bottled in July, 2008. We decided to blend both vineyards since we had an imbalance of Manzanita Hill over Rattlesnake Ridge and the blend tasted best. This yielded one-hundred cases of what is clearly our best vintage since the spectacular 2001. Recent tasting after decanting for an hour or more yields a glass with a robust nose, a dark ruby color, and a velvety mouth-feel with.