2011 Vintage

Chaiken Vineyards Generationes Gran Corte 2011 label

Generaciones Gran Corte 2011
The 2011 vintage of Chaiken Vineyards’ Generaciones Gran Corte is a blend of four varietals – 45% Malbec, 22% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc.
Harvest:
All grapes were picked in April 2011 from vines planted in our own vineyard in 2007. Yields were less than 2 tons per acre.

Fermentation:
Grape varietals were fermented separately. After a cold maceration of 8-10 days at approximately 8°C (varied by varietal), yeast and nutrients were added and the stainless steel tanks were allowed to warm to encourage fermentation. The wines fermented dry in 28 days and were racked into approximately 50% new French oak and 50% second use French oak barrels. Final alcohol content is 14.9%.

Barrel Age, Blending, and Bottling:
After 8 months of barrel age, the wine was blended in stainless steel tanks and returned to the barrel for an additional 6 months of barrel age. The wine was bottled in October 2012 and arrived in the U.S. in January 2013.


Chaiken Vineyards Generaciones Malbec 2011 label
Generaciones Malbec 2010
The 2011 vintage of Chaiken Vineyards’ Generaciones Malbec is 90% Malbec with, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc added to enhance complexity.
Harvest:
All grapes were hand picked in April 2011 from vines planted in our own vineyard in 2007. Yields were less than 2 tons per acre.
Fermentation:
All grape varietals were fermented separately. The Malbec underwent 8 days of cold maceration at 9°C. Yeast and nutrients were then added and the stainless steel tanks were allowed to warm to encourage fermentation. The wines fermented dry in 28 days and were racked into 100% new French oak barrels. Final alcohol content is 14.8%.
Barrel Age, Blending, and Bottling:
After 8 months of barrel age, the wine was blended in stainless steel tanks and returned to the barrel for an additional 6 months of barrel age. The wine was bottled in October 2011 and arrived in the U.S. in January 2013.

Chaiken Vineyards Generaciones Syrah 2011 label
Generaciones Syrah 2011
The 2011 vintage of Chaiken Vineyards’ Generaciones Syrah is 90% Syrah with 10% Cabernet Franc added to enhance complexity.
Harvest:
All grapes were picked in April 2011 from vines planted in our own vineyard in 2007. Yields were less than 2 tons per acre.
Fermentation:
All grape varietals were fermented separately. The Syrah underwent 12 days of cold maceration at 8°C. Yeast and nutrients were then added and the stainless steel tanks were allowed to warm to encourage fermentation. The wines fermented dry in 28 days and were racked into 50% new and 50% second use French oak barrels. Alcohol content is 14.8%.

Barrel Age, Blending, and Bottling:
After 8 months of barrel age, the wine was blended in stainless steel tanks and returned to the barrel for an additional 6 months of barrel age. The wine was bottled in October 2011 and arrived in the U.S. in January 2013.

 


  
Chaiken Vineyards Generaciones Cabernet Franc 2011 label
Generaciones Cabernet Franc 2011
The 2011 vintage of Chaiken Vineyards’ Generaciones Cabernet Franc is 95% Cabernet Franc with 5% Malbec added to enhance complexity.

Harvest:
Grapes were picked in April 2011 from vines planted in our own vineyard in 2007. Yields were less than 2 tons per acre.
Fermentation:
Grape varietals were fermented separately. The Cabernet franc underwent 9 days of cold maceration at 8°C. Yeast and nutrients were then added and the stainless steel tanks were allowed to warm to encourage fermentation. The wines fermented dry in 28 days and were racked into 100% second use French oak barrels. Alcohol content is 15.2%.
Barrel Age, Blending, and Bottling:
After 8 months of barrel age, the wine was blended in stainless steel tanks and returned to the barrel for an additional 6 months of barrel age. The wine was bottled in October 2011 and arrived in the U.S. in January 2013.