Palate

This wine is a bold experience with sensual depth and richness- wild blackberries and savory flavors with notes of cedar and spice. Drinkable now. Age worthy 1.5+ years with good cellar conditions

Growing Conditions

EQUILATERAL expresses the balanced triangle of the wine experience: beautiful aromas…a rich mid-palette of complex fruitiness playing against elegantly structured tannins…a lingering finish. The perfect triangle- Equilateral- symbolizes Gabrielle ideal. The 2011 vintage was a cooler climate year and we dropped over 50% of our fruit to allow the hanging fruit to achieve ripening. The lower yield concentrated the flavors of the grape bunches to create a Bordeaux style Cabernet that is a beautiful food wine. The vintage highlight is the first time addition of our award winning O’Connell Family Estate Creek Block Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of Napa Valley Cabernet vineyards. Our cool climate Estate Cabernet from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley lent a deep structure and complexity, beautifully complementing the warmer climate Rutherford vineyard and elegant mountain fruit on Diamond Mountain.

Aging

Barrel aged in French Oak 30 months.

Food Pairing

Grilled lamb finished with lavender honey mustard sauce, elk with a classic bordelaise sauce, Stroganoff, filet mignon with GC Cabernet Sea Salt and Lavender Tellichery Pepper.