Nose

Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its classic expression with deep, elegant black and red fruit aromas accented by notes of dried herbs.

Palate

The mid-palate is focused, and a firm structure supports the concentrated fruit. Notes of oak, cacao and pencil shavings add intriguing complexity to this intense, powerful wine.

Growing Conditions

The 2015 vintage reflects our determination to create a stunning wine during a challenging growing season. An unusually warm spring led to early budbreak and accelerated vine growth, but upon bloom, weather turned cool, slowing development. Summer’s considerable heat propelled the grapes into early flavor concentration, while spells of low temperatures delayed ripening. We took extra care in hand-sorting the fruit and used 100% free-run juice, resulting in a wine that gleams with intensity, complexity and bright acidity. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Estate, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach

Bottling

Bottled April 8, 2017.

Winemaking

Our mountain-grown cabernet sauvignon is whole-berry fermented, not crushed, in order to capture its concentrated color and flavors, while preserving a fresh fruit profile and preventing excessive tannin extraction. We harvested at night to deliver naturally cooled grapes to the winery by early morning. The whole clusters were gravity-fed onto a vibrating table where we hand-sorted to remove any damaged fruit and sift out materials other than grapes. The selected clusters were then then gently fed into a Bucher Oscyllis 200 destemmer, delivering whole berries onto a vibrating screen for a final hand sorting. The resulting berries – ripe, plump and intact, were then gravity fed into our fermenters. After five days of cold maceration, the fruit entered primary fermentation for two to three weeks, then was gently pressed in our stainless steel basket. The wine was then transferred to barrel to finish malolactic fermentation.

Aging

Aged in 65% new French oak for 17 months.