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The 2011 Split Rock comes from a cool growing year which gave us a wine of moderate weight but distinctive balance and proportion. The bouquet invites with the scent of black currants, cherries and sugar cookie. The wine is lively on the palate, full bodied but not heavy, with the fresh flavors of currants and cherry, followed by molasses, toasted pecan and pomegranate liqueur. The wine finishes as it begins, with fresh fruit and velvety tannin, sweet cocoa and black raspberry. Thanks to its supple texture and refreshing minerality, it will complement a wide variety of dishes and can stand alone. Enjoy now and over the next decade.
Our flagship Cabernet Sauvingon represents the best blocks from our mountain vineyard. The bouquet invites with scents of red fruit, black cherry and tobacco. The wine is lively on the palate, with fresh flavors of currants and cherries, followed by tea, mint and spice. The cool growing season resulted in a wined of great balance and elegance which will may be enjoyed now, and for many years to come. A collector's wine.
2012 marks our third release of the Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon and represents a broad view of our mountain vineyard blocks. An array of clones is planted on two exposed peaks where vines of low vigor produce small berries resulting in a wine of deep concentration and refinement. The stellar 2012 growing season presents an exemplary display of site purity and expression.
Split Rock is a selection from younger vines that conform to the undulating hillsides beneath their rows. Roots struggle less here, soils are deeper, more fertile. Berries grow plumper and rounder creating a wine that is approachablele in its youth. We expect the Split Rock to be expressive of bright fruit and softer tannins. And while this is true for this year's Split Rock, it is also more expansive, broader, richer!
Barely four acres of chardonnay are nestled in one of our coolest spots, a gentle rising slope above Mark West Creek. This site sits at the lowest elevation of all our blocks and is planted to a selection of Robert Young which originated from the old Wente Vineyard. Our second release is elegant, restrained and belies the notion of a California Chardonnay.