2004 Next Red
Back in 1997, we planted three acres of Malbec and Petit Verdot to be used to blend with our Cabernet Sauvignon. Having enjoyed Malbec-based wines from Cahors in France and pleased by the Malbec wine we made for blending, we created our own Malbec blend and named it Next Red. This 2004 Next Red is the debut vintage of our second red wine.
2004 was an excellent growing season with a mild Spring and Summer. Harvest began September 9.
To produce this vintage of Next Red, we fermented the juice with the skins to extract their color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top, forming the “cap”. We pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap throughout fermentation to ensure thorough extraction.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine stayed on the skins for another two weeks to soften its young tannins. Next the wine was moved into our caves for barrel aging. During its first Winter, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation which lowered its acidity and added richness. After many tastings in the Summer of 2005, we blended 25% Cabernet Sauvignon with 75% Malbec. The wine continued to age in oak barrels for another year. The 2004 Next Red was bottled in August 2006.
At our Annual Vertical Tasting in March 2016, we tasted the 2004 and here are our notes: Cola, nutmeg, boysenberry, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Soft, supple entry, chewy with ripe raspberries, mint, leather and toasty flavors. Lovely development, still young.