This is one of the few, maybe only, extended barrel aged red wines from the East End. We believe this wine is a scrumptious reflection of the 2008 vintage. We have wanted to do this for some time and our 2008 MUDD proved the perfect candidate for long maturation. Not only is our 2008 MUDD delicious now and showing the complexities of maturation but…it is still just a baby, and will improve in the bottle for at least five to seven years and drink well for a solid decade! Our 2008 MUDD is composed of 51% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 9% Petit Verdot, 8.5% Dornfelder, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Blaufrankisch. All the fruit was hand harvested on the North Fork and de-stemmed into small one ton bins where it was stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. After primary fermentation the wine was racked to three barrels, one hogshead and one puncheon (of which 65% was new oak) where it spent FORTY-TWO months before being bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on May 8th, 2012. Our 2008 MUDD is dry, medium-bodied, has moderate alcohol, balanced acidity, soft, ripe tannins and wonderfully persistent length. The wine is complex and displays finesse and elegance in its captivating texture and expression of fruit and wood. There are amazingly fresh aromas and flavors of black plums, cherries, brown spice, forest floor, black raspberries, black peppercorns and cocoa. Come back to the glass again and get black liquorice, cinnamon stick and cedar spice box; the wine is alluring and sexy…fresh yet wise. Pair this graceful, satisfying red wine with Italian dishes from Bolognese to Milanese; or with a pork roast, a juicy rib-eye or a succulent rack of lamb. In addition a mushroom risotto, braised pancetta wrapped monkfish or a cozy fire and a hunk of aged alpine cheese would do the trick quite nicely. 141 cases were bottled along with 54 magnums.