We have been saying for years that our red wines benefit from bottle age. It has become even more apparent that they really hit their stride from about 8-12 years of cellaring and still continue to improve. Since it is rare for folks to actually buy and cellar wine for aging...we have decided to do it for you. We held back a little over 200 cases of our 2007 MUDD which we knew would reward long aging and now are offering it to you with nearly ten years of bottle age! Below are the original notes when we released the wine. We encourage you to see how the wine has changed and blossomed with time. Secondary and tertiary bottle bouquet has become apparent and the fruit presents a more dried, potpourri character while spice box, cedar and tobacco notes emerge. This wine is gorgeous now and will still improve for a few more years. But we have done the work and now it is time to enjoy and drink this gem.
Channing Daughters 2007 MUDD North Fork of Long Island AVA
The 2007 Vintage, along with 2005 and now 2010 (2012,2013,2014,2015) is considered one of the best growing seasons for ripening red grapes on the East End of Long Island, ever. We believe this wine is a scrumptious reflection of that great 2007 vintage. Not only is our 2007 MUDD delicious now...it is just a baby, and will improve in the bottle for at least six to eight years and drink well for a solid dozen! Our 2007 MUDD is composed of 60% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 9% Dornfelder, 5% Cabernet Franc and 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 a variety of barrels, hogsheads and puncheons (42% new oak, 23% 1yr old, 16% 2yr old, 16% 3yr old and 3% 4yr old) where it spent twenty-three months before being bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on September 22nd 2009. Our 2007 MUDD is dry, medium-bodied, has moderate 12.8% 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 aromas and flavors of black plums, cherries, brown spice, forest floor, black raspberries, black peppercorns and cocoa. Pair this graceful, satisfying red wine 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. 848 cases were bottled along with 48 magnums and 12 three-liter bottles.
We only held back about 200 cases. We can only offer three additional bottles per customer while it lasts!