Tetra

Tetra
2011 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 39
Vintage

2011

Tetra

Tetra

Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Tetra is a four-varietal blend that is sylistically "Left Bank" in structure. Every year, Bill Hill's Broken Rock Vineyard produces standout Cabernet Sauvignon that dominates Tetra's four-part blend; Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc add complexity, depth and spice, but Cabernet is king! But the richness and depth of Broken Rock's 2011 Merlot and Cabernet Franc rivaled the Cabernet Sauvignon and allowed us to take a decidedly "right" turn for Premiere Napa Valley. The resulting Right Bank blend is a Pomerol-inspired wine with velvety Merlot and the spice of Cabernet Franc in the driver's seat.


Aging Process

Fermentation variables included cold soak (to increase extractability of color and tannin), inclusion of whole berries (to amplify primary fruit), fermentation temperature, cap management, and extended maceration (to soften tannins and stabilize color). Following fermentation, the free run was racked to small French oak barrels (75% new), where the wines underwent malolactic conversion. Wines were aged for 18 months in barrel, and then the final blend was painstakingly crafted through many sessions of trial-and-error tastings, finally honing in on the best-of-the-best. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration to maximize flavors and textures.

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Patrick Mahaney

Winemaker, Prime Solum

Winemaker, Patrick Mahaney

As winemaker for Prime Solum, Patrick Mahaney oversees all aspects of wine production. With extensive winemaking experience in Napa valley and around the world, Mahaney is well equipped to create intense yet balanced wines with true Napa Valley character. Before coming to Prime Solum, Patrick spent over 20 year at Mondavi where he was one of the most senior winemakers. Additionally, Patrick has a strong educational background that includes a degree in enology from University of California, Davis.

Country born: United States

Education: University of California, Davis with a BS in Biochemistry.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Let the fruit show the way!

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Jones Family Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 17
O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery 2011 Petit Verdot Howell Mountain 17
Patland Estate Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Proprietors’ Selection III Stagecoach Vineyard 17
Purlieu Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Martinez Vineyard – “Cachére” 17
ROY Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Voix Basse (a whisper) 17
Tetra 2011 Red Wine Napa Valley Tetra 17
Erba Mountainside Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Clonal Selection 16
HUNNICUTT 2010 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 16
Monticello Vineyards 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley The Tributary 16
O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 16
Round Pond Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 16
Seavey Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
Volker Eisele Family Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Chiles Valley District 16
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