2012 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with lower than average rainfall but a rainy March, the 2012 growing season got off to a slow start but soon caught up and proceeded with average heat accumulation without incident through September. Three days of extreme heat were the only outliers in what we considered a beauty of a growing season which concluded in mid-October. After the very cool vintages of 2010 and 2011, this near perfect year with better than average yields of delicious, balanced fruit was welcome indeed.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes were gently destemmed into small, chilled fermenters and held for three days of cold soak before the start of fermentation. As the tanks warmed, fermentation began and lasted eight days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing, the young wine went straight to French Oak barrels, 33% of which were new and completed malolactic fermentation. After three rackings, it was gently filtered and bottled February 24, 2014.
TASTING NOTES: This wine is a complex and intriguing mélange of blackberry, cocoa and espresso bean with savory notes of dried herbs. The mid and back palate provide a lasting finish of chewy tannins and delicious black currant.