This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon come from 30-year-old vines on the estate, and employs a Geneva Double Curtain (GDC) trellis system. This labor-intensive system divides the canopy both horizontally and vertically, which exposes the fruit to increased sunlight and enhances flavor components. It also precludes the tendency that Cabernet Sauvignon has to develop vegetative characteristics. Along with drastic pruning, to reduce the crop potential of the vines, we can help guide the vine to focus its efforts to optimally ripen fewer clusters of grapes.
To further the complexity of the fruit, we used three different fermentation methods ñ Static, Cold Soak and Rotary Fermentation (in equal ratios). Extended maceration time allowed for maximum extraction of color and phenolics. After fermenting to dryness, the wine was settled before being moved to barrels. The entire lot was aged for 12 months in all French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked every three months, as well as topped every two weeks, to achieve maximum clarity.
The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of dark fruit ñ blackberry, black raspberry, and currant ñ with elements of toasty oak, chocolate, dark roasted coffee bean, sage and spices. A sip fills the mouth with blackberry pie, with hints of rich, ripe black cherries, sweet oak and white pepper, while maintaining absolute dryness and firm, yet supple, tannins. This delicious Cabernet is ready to drink now and will continue to age gracefully for the next 6 to 8 years.
Silver Medal: CA State Fair Wine Competition
Beverage Tasting Institute, 90 points
“Medium minutely hazy color. Fruity, earthy aromas of cherry, black currant, dark soil, and vanilla with a creamy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long cherry jam, cola nut, fraise des bois, and baking spice finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Exceptionally well-balanced with lovely dark cherry and currant flavors that are coupled with rich earth, cola, wild forest berries and a combination of well structured tannins and oak that keeps you coming back for more.”