Time to BLEND!!
Spring is the time that Rolando gets deep into the caves and starts to put together the final blends for our 2009 Cabernets. As many of you know, our Black Label Cabernet is 100% Cabernet from our Estate vineyard but it is built from many different blocks. During the previous year’s harvest, Rolando will pick the grapes, when they are ready, in small sections. This small-batch fermentation allows the grapes “the chance to express themselves” and become individual components of the final blend. Each block might have a dominant characteristic — color, tannin, aroma, rich flavor and body — and it is Rolando’s task to find just the right blend of each block to create the perfectly balanced Baldacci Family Vineyrads Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon. What if a block doesn’t make the blend? Rolando determines if that block is still “Baldacci” quality and moves it into the IV Sons Fraternity — the perfect everyday red wine!!