First Growth Collection Tasting – Reif Estate Winery launches their 2002 First Growth Collection of wines at the Fine Wine Reserve. Klaus Reif (President & CEO) and Roberto DiDomenico (Winemaker) were on hand to explain the complex and painstaking efforts employed to create these ultra premium wines.
Produced only in select years, strict guidelines include 26 months fermented and aged in French, American and Hungarian Oak. Varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blocks planted in 1989 and a Pinot Noir block planted in 1987. Minimum Brix of 23. Vines are a minimum 12 years old with a maximum yield of 40hl/ha and 6 buds per square meter.
Reif’s First Growth Collection are all: 100% Vintage, 100% Hand-Harvested and 100% Unfiltered.
The 2001 First Growth Collection were also sampled for comparison.
This tasting confirms that outstanding wines are being produced right in our own backyard.