(From 2012 Vintage) Grape lots were blended from several benchland and mountain ranches that naturally yield smaller crops and result in intensely colored and flavored wine. Vine canopies were carefully managed to protect the grapes from direct sunlight while the fruit was allowed an extended hang time to fully ripen. In the winery we used a variety of techniques to maximize flavor intensity while managing tannin levels including cold soaking, pump over, and varying fermentation lengths and temperatures. The wine was aged in oak for 16 months.
This is a classically structured, full-bodied Cabernet with a range of flavors, good tannin foundation and an acid balance which underscores the varietal character. Color is deep red-purple; aromas are of blackberry, plum, smoked oak and worn leather; flavors are of ripe berries, deeply toasted oak and spice with an intriguing varietal-herbal undercurrent and a long finish.