This wine has fresh red plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavors that are supported by caramelized and toasted oak notes. The round, full mouthfeel has just enough structure to lead into a fruit-focused finish.
A majority of the fruit is sourced from our Alexander Valley vineyard, which is a warmer climate growing area that produces some of the world’s most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit as cool as possible before fermentation. Grapes were destemmed but not crushed, leaving greater than 90% whole berries for fermentation. The Cabernet Sauvignon juice was fermented in stainless steel upright fermenters with a temperature range between 88°F - 90°F, receiving extended skin contact for 14 to 21 days for maximum extraction of color and flavor. To ensure the development of desired flavor and aroma characteristics, the juice was inoculated with the yeast strain and 100% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 16 months in new and used French, American and Hungarian oak barrels with a mixture of heavy, medium and medium-plus toasting levels to add additional flavor and complexity prior to bottling.
Immediately noticed the strong, smokey undertones. Not super-sweet. Not heavily berried flavor. Liked, but didn't love. (Vintage 2011 - app won't allow the change, for some reason).
Good cab. Needs to breathe and allowed to open up. Worth it for the price. Hints of black currant, great legs, soft velvety after finish.
Great 2nd bottle of the night wine. Let it breath for a couple of hours and it grows muscles. Cherries with good finish
A turtleneck wraps around your tongue and gives its taste buds a warm, slightly sweet hug.
$ 12 or so. Prefer the Napa but good for price
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/07/2013
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