We begin making the wine in traditional fashion by fermenting the two grapes separately in stainless steel tanks. Half way through alcohol fermentation we will “fortify” the wine by adding a clear, flavorless brandy. This process will raise the total alcohol to a level that is toxic to the yeast. When the yeast dies, the unfermented sugar becomes the sweetness level of the wine. This is why you have a high level of alcohol and intense sweetness. The fortified wine is then moved into barrels for extended aging (36 months).
Othello will show dominant fruit tones in its youth and develop beautiful complexity each year in cellaring. Drink now or age to 2031.
Blend - Othello
Drink now or age to 2031
Sight: Deep plum core moving to ruby with purple hue Aroma: Incredibly rich, with intense plum, blueberry, blackberry, raisin and vanilla-toasted oak followed by the sweet nose of brandy. Flavors: Round and ripe plum, black berry and hints of vanilla, coffee, caramel, raisin and structure of brandy. The wine shows a full mid-palate and a long, round finish warming you to the core.
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot Time in Oak: 36 months