Doce Nove translates from Portuguese to “Sweet Nine” and is a 100% Petite Sirah, Port-style wine from Bootjack Ranch. In 2011 we made twenty barrels of this sweet dessert wine. We bottled half years ago (some of you may remember the original Doce Nove release in 2013) but allowed the remaining barrels to age. After seven years of patience we were rewarded with a gorgeous wine that layers rich caramel and butterscotch flavors over dried fruit.
What does "Port-style" mean? We picked the grapes at 28 brix and fermented the juice down to about 15 brix before pressing, leaving it sweet with residual sugar. We then fortified the wine with brandy to stop fermentation and to add the alcohol needed to make this a true Port-style wine. We transfered it to French oak barrels, 80% of which were once-filled and waited to see how it would develop. After roughly three years we bottled half of the 20 barrels we produced, leaving the second half in barrel under the assumption that something really special might happen with additional time. In early 2018 our winemaking team tasted the remaining barrels and felt that our patience had been rewarded, leading to this second bottling of Doce Nove. Still curious? Click here to read the whole story »
100% petite sirah