- Hand-picked on October 10, 18, and November 6, 2012 - Vineyards 78% Chalk Knoll Vineyard 13% Spanish Springs Vineyard 9% Bootjack Vineyard
- Average grape analysis 25.2 ºBrix, 5.28 g/l T.A., 3.62 pH - Fermented in small stainless steel tanks open top tanks, pumped over daily, 80 ºF peak fermentation temperature and 14 days of skin contact. - Aged in four-year old French oak barrels for 15 months - Wine analysis 14.5% alcohol, 6.08 T.A., 3.33 pH - Lightly filtered and bottled on February 13, 2014 - 273 cases produced Flying Cloud is produced at Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, and the name Flying Cloud pays tribute to the Eden Prairie airport in winemaker Stephen Ross Dooleys home state of Minnesota. This particular bottling of Flying Cloud was made exclusively for the Minnesota market. This Zinfandel was made using classic Bordeaux methods of production: the grapes were de-stemmed and crushed into small stainless steel tanks, pumped-over daily during the peak of fermentation, two weeks of skin contact, lightly pressed with a state-of-the-art stainless steel basket press, and aged in neutral French oak barrels for fifteen months. The 2012 growing season was warmer than average; the preceding winter saw a much smaller than average amount of rainfall. Grape yields were slightly above average. The warm growing season yielded wines with ripe fruit flavors, and good balance of sugar and acidity. This wine has a deep garnet color and is just transparent enough to see through. The nose offers an array of aromas reminiscent of cranberry, forest floor, allspice and cherries. It is quite full on the palate, rich and flavor- ful with lingering spicy cranberry flavors.
ALC. 14.5% BY VOL.
- Varieties 78% Zinfandel 13% Syrah 9% Cabernet Sauvigno