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The 2007 Vintage was one of the great vintages of the decade. During my 19 vintages in California, there have been several exeptional vintages and this is shaping up to be one of those.
Our 2007 Angelica is made from the once abundant but now very hard to find, Mission grape. The grape and the wine made from them have a long history in California dating back to the first years of colonization when the Franciscan monks made very sweet, high alcohol wine for sacramental purposes. There are two ways to make Angelica; fortifying unfermented juice and the port-style fermenting of the juice to some degree and then adding brandy. At the time of these notes, the wine has been aged for more than three years in small, neutral oak barrels. The sugar level at bottling is about 12%, which is not overly sweet and has a balanced acidity. The flavors and aromas are very interesting; creamy and sherry-like but with obvious fruit aromas of plums, dates and raisins, complimented by a slight nuttiness. Further aeration reveals layers of brown sugar and maple syrup coated hazelnuts. On the mouth, the wine is sweet, warm and silky, with a seductive finish begging for another sip. Enjoy it by itself or with your favorite desert or cheese. This Angelica should age well for many years to come.