Vintage Tasting At Wet Whistle Wine Fest

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von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 15

Tucked away in various places of our production and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. Early September, the odd lots are gathered, we come to terms with how many bottles of each to sell, and we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered only once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Due to these wines being near and dear to us, just our family pulls corks and pours them for guests. We love to see the reactions on tasters’ faces as they first try our 2012 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a bit of an abnormal tasting, set up on planks and barrels in our bottling room. Just the wine is fancy – the rest of it comes down to simple enjoyment of vintages that have enjoyed extra time relaxing within the winery walls.

Most of the wines offered at this event have a limited supply, so tears will be shed. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the wines featured at this year’s Vintage Tasting.

2012 Sangiovese Grosso ~ This 100% Sangiovese was produced from the vcr6 clone that is used to produce Italy’s famous Brunello. It reveals aromas of black cherry and red fruits, with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice. (10 cs) $34

2008 VS Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon ~ This vintage was created by meticulously tasting and selecting the best four barrels from a lot of seventeen. It is ready to drink now but will continue to improve with age for the next 10-15 years. (5cs) $65

2011 Doc Stiehl’s Extra Aged Cherry Bounce ~ This barrel has been left in warm summer and cold winter temperatures over the course of 30 months to expedite aging. A sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy. Intense aromas of fresh cherry pie for a truly exquisite dessert wine. (6 cs) $55

We’d love for you to join us on September 15, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You don’t have to attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but you are more than welcome to!

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