will be bottled under the new "Lady Sapphire"
label. Following the well-received "Sparkles Selection" from the 2014 vintage, we became more confident in bottling one wine from a single barrel. Barrel number one, a once-used Marchive barrel, stood out each time we tasted. Lady Sapphire is a one year old kitten who I selected to join our family after the loss of Sparkles, the original Black Cat. The "Lady Sapphire"
bottle is dressed up in a splash of sapphire blue, in addition to the traditional silver print and capsule.Lady Sapphire
: “An intriguing bouquet of cherries, with hints of anise and cedar with a floral overlay. The bouquet follows to the palate, with medium weight and tannins. Supple and well balanced.”Thirty-five cases
of 750ml bottles and thirty 1.5L bottles
will be bottled as our "Special Selection,"
and the remaining eight-five cases
will be sold under what has become known as our regular "Black Cat,"
the wine we have produced since the year 2000.Special Selection
: “Perhaps more ‘high-toned’ than the Lady, with cherry, pomegranate, and some graphite. Nice acid-tannin balance. A pretty wine but with some muscle, this one just feels like a good candidate for cellaring.”Black Cat
: “A deeper fruit profile, rich and somewhat brooding. Notes of graham cracker and toast, medium tannins. Classic Black Cat.”
Our tiny operation produces wine exclusively from Cabernet grapes grown on our less-than-an-acre vineyard, with no additions of purchased fruit. What is in the bottle directly represents what is grown in our vineyard. Most people who taste more than one vintage of EMH’s Black Cat are impressed with the consistency of quality and character emerging from each vintage we produce. We hope you will enjoy the 2015, and that you will discover for yourself what makes the Black Cat so special.Looking Ahead – 2016
For 2016 we again had a small yield, producing just 6 barrels (or approximately 150 cases) of wine for EMH. Early sampling shows the classic Black Cat flavors you have come to enjoy, and with the extraordinary color this vineyard naturally produces.
So welcome, or welcome back! We look forward to hearing from you.
Enjoy and cheers!
Merrill Lindquist, Grower/Owner, EMH Vineyards