2016 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with average rainfall, the 2016 growing season got off to a fast start with early budbreak and proceeded without incident—no frost or significant rain—under ideal balmy conditions to finish with near record heat accumulation. Almost ideal weather in May during flowering resulted
in an average crop. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, yielding grapes that were perfectly ripe, ready to turn into balanced wine. Several inches of rain in late October provided welcome drought relief, but came well after all grapes were picked.
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 eight days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing, the young wine went straight to French Oak barrels, 40% of which were new, and completed malolactic fermentation. After two rackings, it was gently filtered and bottled March 15, 2018.
TASTING NOTES: The aroma leads with assertive black tea, blackberry and black pepper. In addition, inviting notes of mocha and vanilla add lift to the layers of the aroma. With sweet entry in the mouth, the mid and back palate provide rich, lasting finish of velvety tannins and delicious raspberry that promise many years of development in the bottle.
AWARDS: Silver Medal, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Bronze Medal, 2018 Harvest Challenge