The 2017 Bridge is the first wine of its kind under the Cadenza Vineyards moniker. Developed in the Bordeaux tradition, this wine is a "second label" to our Cadenza wines in the Allegro Winery brand. Bridge plays the role of the more approachable wine of the two. Due to vintage variations, the blend will change over the years as some varieties excel more in certain growing conditions. The 2017 is a balanced blend Merlot and Cabernet Franc from our estate vineyard. Aged 19 months in new French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
In 2001 John Crouch (Allegro's first winemaker) and I made the first Bridge wine together. It was his way of sharing his winemaking techniques with a young and naive winemaker. The wine was meant to be a “bridge” between his Cadenza tradition and what I hoped mine would be. Fast-forward nineteen years, and we're releasing the seventh vintage of this wine.
The 2017 Bridge is the first wine of its kind under the Cadenza Vineyards moniker. I developed this wine in the Bordeaux tradition of a "second label" to our Cadenza wines in the Allegro Winery brand. Bridge plays the role of the more approachable wine of the two. Due to vintage variations, the blend will change over the years, as some varieties excel more in certain growing conditions.
The 2017 was aged 19 months in new French oak barrels and then pulled from barrels in the summer of 2019. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined in early September with 2” corks. The final total was only 134 cases of 750mL bottles and 6 cases of 1.5L magnum bottles.
Nice deep colors and a rich aroma of fruit and oak make this a wine to savor. The structure of the wine is firm yet supple, making it perfect for pairing with beef dishes. This wine still needs some time to come around fully (even though it's drinking nicely right now). Maximum enjoyment will probably come sometime around 2022-2026.
The wine exhibits deep almost purple colors and a supple tannic mouthfeel. Expect the wine to age nicely for 8-10 years if stored on itsside, somewhere cool without temperature fluctuations. Ideally, the temperature should be 55°F, but at least below 65°F. I recommend serving this wine at around 70°F with red meats. Since the wine was never filtered, please stand it up a day before serving to allow for any of the natural sediment to settle out.
Merlot 36% | Cabernet Franc 34% | Cabernet Sauvignon 22% | Petit Verdot 7%
pH 3.62 | Titratable acidity 6.2 g/L | Alcohol 13.6% v/v