2014 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with lower than average rainfall, the 2013 growing season got off to a fast start and proceeded without incident—no frost or significant rain—under warm conditions. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, yielding Cabernet Sauvignon fruit that was perfectly ripe and loaded with delicious flavor. Harvest occurred on September 13, 2013.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes were gently destemmed into small, chilled fermenters and held for three days of cold soak before start of fermentation. As the tanks warmed, fermentation commenced and lasted seven 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. It was racked twice during aging, gently filtered and bottled March 13, 2015.
TASTING NOTES: Dark ruby and magenta in color, this wine has inviting aroma of dark chocolate and black cherry with hints of dusty loam and dried herbs. With firm acidity and rich tannin, it delivers satisfying flavor that lasts and lasts. Delicious and supple now, it is certain to evolve beautifully with several years of patient cellaring.
AWARDS: Gold, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Silver Medal, Harvest Challenge 2017.