Vineyards and Terroir

  • The wine is only as good as the grapes. We carefully choose our vineyards, using only Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills
  • Within the vineyards, we selected blocs with vines that were at least 7 years old
  • Berry Size was managed to keep the berries as small as possible - about the size of the tip of your little finger
  • Quality of the Fruit was sensational in 2005 - ripe, rich and with wonderful tannin. To assure that the fruit is to our standards, we crop the canopy to assure even ripening and to reduce the likelihood of sunburn.
  • Excess fruit is dropped several times during the growing season as in any fruit that is not ripening properly at varaison. This resulted in a yield of about 2 - 2.5 tons per acre.
  • After the fruit has reached the appropriate Brix and acidity, the winemakers taste it to determine when it is perfectly ripe and ready to pick. In some cases, blocs have to be picked on more than one occasion. This was true in the Merlot bloc and in one of the Cabernet blocs for this wine.
  • We always de-stem and place the fruit in tanks for fermentation immediately after they are picked - The Grapes Never Sit

Making the Wines

  • During fermentation, the wine is treated gently.
  • The process we use results in Perfect Fermentations. After fermentation is completed, the wine is clean and fragrant, full of fruit.
  • We use a very Light Press - less than half the pressure used by most wineries. The free run wine is taken off and kept separate until blending. This results in tannins that are round and wonderful, not harsh.
  • Everything we do is aimed at balance. We produce wines that are powerful, yet elegant and full of fruit
  • Rollat 2005 was aged from October 2005 to February 2007. Only French Oak was used. A third of the oak was new, a third had been used once and a third had been used twice.
  • If asked: The wine was Lightly Filtered before bottling.