Ratafia Dessert Wine

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Ratafia (Rah-Ta-Feeya) is a dessert wine made by fortifying champagne base grape juices with high-proof brandy (eau de vie) soon after they have started fermenting. Unlike the Ratafia produced in the Champagne region in France — the J Ratafia is aged for a few years in old barrels so that a nutty aged character has time to develop.

During harvest, selected juices are cold settled and racked to small stainless tanks. The juice is inoculated and soon after fermentation begins brandy is added in order to stop it from completing. The result is a wine that retains a good acid level and some of the original grape sugars. The blend is mixed and then put into 60-gallon old French oak barrels for aging. The different lots (and vintages) are blended and lightly filtered in order to achieve our style.

Technical Notes

Alcohol:
18.5%
Residual Sugar:
15%
Acid:
7.5 grams per liter
pH:
3.31

The grapes used for the Ratafia are a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Pinot Gris from vintages dating back to 1998. The alcohol used comes from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel distilled by Alambic stills.

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