2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Our inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, full throttled expression of the variety, with complex layers of chocolate, blackberry, and sweet spices. This wine is a beautiful expression of our unique estate and a testament to the dedication of our winemaking and vineyard team to produce the finest possible wine from this site.
Cool evening air from the Russian River helps our wines retain their pure fruit flavors, a balanced acidity and graceful yet firm mountain tannins.We grow several clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon; our 2009 is a blend of five clones: 4, 7, 8, 191 and 337. The steep, 35% grade hillsides and elevations variances of 600 to 1100 feet above sea level and these elevational and slope variances add to the dimensional complexity in our wines.
Our winemaking is minimalist, using neoclassical techniques of long macerations, hand punchdowns and wild fermentation. We use French oak sourced from Haute Futaie forests, which are sustainably grown and harvested, and coopered by small artisan Tonnellerie. The wines are aged two years in barrel before bottling unfined and unfiltered. This, our inaugural release, has the structure to age gracefully for many years to come.
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mayacamas Mountains.
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from the Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
"Nicely ripened in a way that avoids sweetness and instead puts the accent on well-defined, distinctively curranty fruit, this one counts integrated oak as an appealing asset and shows very fine and consistent focus. It is full-bodied and backed up with plenty of proper Cabernet grip, but it is also showing the first signs of suppleness that are sure to become more palpable with time. Lay it away for another three to five years, then pair it with juicy chops and steaks."
~ Charles Olken
On average less than 1 ton per acre was harvested from the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks.
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||19 Months, 50% New French Oak