2011 Doce Nove "10 Year"
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. Over the years, we have bottled and released small amounts of the original barrels at the 2 year and 7 year mark. This special release will be our last, bottled in 2021 after a decade of aging.
In 2011 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 transferred it to French oak barrels, 80% of which were once-filled and waited to see how it would develop. It has been patiently aging in our cellar ever since. 10 years in barrel has created a fully decadent and smooth wine. Flavors of caramel, cinnamon/clove and vanilla bean dance alongside dried cherry, raspberry and milk chocolate notes. This would be an ideal pairing to rich chocolate desserts (kept on the less sweet side) and a stunning companion to a dessert cheese course.