Nose

This 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon leads with expressive aromas of cassis, blueberry, leather, and dark chocolate.

Palate

The palate is tightly structured with intense flavors of black olive, rhubarb pie, plum and menthol. The ripe and broad tannins provide for a very long finish. We recommend decanting this wine in its youth.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Harvest

Hand harvested at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2014.

Winemaking

 Hand sorted, cold  Fermented with indigenous yeasts in closed-top, stainless steel tanks  6 day cold soak, 30 days total maceration  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 87% new Coopers: Taransaud, Darnajou, Marcel Cadet, Radoux, and Marques

Appearance

A rich maroon hue.