2008 Bouké Red
The North Fork of Long Island, New York
An elegant, medium-full-bodied Bordeaux blend of Merlot (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Cabernet Franc (21%), Syrah (7%) and Petit Verdot (5%). Alcohol by volume: 13.0%. Closure: cork.
Deep ruby in color, with rich and complex aromas of black currant, blackberry and blueberry and subtle accents of vanilla, black pepper and spice. Remarkably smooth on the palate, with a long velvety finish. This wine has been developing beautifully and taken on more compelexity.
A very good vintage year, 2008 growing conditions in Long Island were warm, with the same amount of degree days as the exceptional 2007 vintage, but wetter during the fall.
The grapes were picked in October 2008 at about 21 brix and have beautiful aromatics.
Each of the five grape varieties was made into wine separately before blending. To extract fruitiness, the fruit was cold soaked for three to four days at 55° F. The fruit was very healthy, allowing a long maceration period of 21-28 days. The pomace management extracted and softened the wine’s tannins. Gentle pressing helped avoid green flavors and resulted in a better juice. The wines were partially aged in stainless steel, followed by a brief ageing in new oak, both French and Hungarian. The wines were meticulously blended and bottled early to preserve fruit expression. Malolactic fermentation contributed to the wine’s stability and enhanced its secondary aromas and mouth feel. pH: 3.72, TA: 6.23, RS: < 0.1%
20 scrumptious ideas: Mild hard cheese (Manchego, Comté, Appenzeller, Roncal), Italian cuisine and outdoor grilling, Tomato and olive crostini/bruschetta, Tomato soup, Assorted salami, Grilled mushrooms, Ratatouille, Eggplant Parmigiano, Pâté, Pizza Margherita, Penne alla Bolognese, Burrito, Roast chicken, Hamburgers, Shish Kabob, Steak-on-a-stick, Grilled steak, Veal Chops, Roasted lamb, Steak salad or Dark chocolate (60%-75% cocoa).
$20.99 / 750 ml