2015 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE NOTES: The winter of 2015 was warmer than usual, and the growing season got off to a fast start with the early budbreak and proceeded under near ideal balmy conditions to finish with record heat accumulation. Harvest was rapid with only a short rain storm in mid-September as a slight blemish, yielding a very small crop of grapes that were perfectly ripe and well-balanced, ready to turn into balanced wine.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes were gently destemmed into one, chilled fermenter and held for three days of cold soak before start of fermentation. As the tanks warmed, fermentation commenced and lasted eight days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing the young wine went straight to French Oak barrels, 50 % of which were new, and completed malolactic fermentation. After two rackings, it was gently filtered and bottled March 14, 2017.
TASTING NOTES: The aroma of this wine is a complex and intriguing mélange of blackberry, cocoa and espresso bean. In addition, savory notes of dried herbs give lift to the layers of the aroma. With sweet entry in the mouth, the mid and back palate provide lasting finish of chewy tannins and delicious black currant that promise many years of development in the bottle.
AWARDS: Silver Medal, Harvest Challenge 2017; Silver Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.