This deep, dark reddish-black wine bursts with aromas of cocoa, boysenberry, and a briny sea-breeze.
On the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon has savory flavors with a hint of charred meat and cigar box. The texture is luxuriously silky, well-rounded and rich. Decant when young or cellar 10-15 years.
Harvest 2016 was an exceptional, even-ripening year for grape growing. A record setting wet winter gave some relief to the years of drought. The dry spring started the growing season early with a robust set, and with ideal temperatures throughout the season and very few weather events, the season ended early and idyllically. This wine exemplifies these perfect ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon.
The fruit was hand-picked and the berries were hand-sorted. The juice went through a 2-day cold-soak process to settle the solids before inoculating with an assortment of French yeast strains. Fermentation temperatures were kept cool to maintain fresh fruit flavors and pumpovers were executed two to three times daily to extract the rich color and tannins from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was moved to barrel to initiate malolactic fermentation and was racked twice before bottling and extended aging.
Aged 22 months in French Oak, 82% new