1997 Fiery Run Red
Cherry, cloves, and black pepper with firm tannins.
Bramble fruit, cedar, sage and mint.
Red meats, rich cheeses, and dishes with olives or garlic.
Estate (100% Fiery Run), on the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well drained mineral soils give cherry character, deep color and good structure. Vine ages from 7 to 13 years.
Very cool and dry, late summer and fall. Harvest dates were October 10 through 30, 1997.
A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed and fermented warm in small open bins. The cap was punched down by hand two times a day. The wine was pressed off just prior to dryness and put immediately in primarily Virginia oak barrels. The wine was bottled after 21 months of oak aging. 488 cases produced.