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Our Split Rock release is a balanced yet well-structured wine made for earlier consumption than our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Its bouquet overflows with molasses, red currant, cherries and licorice. The wine is lively on the palate, with fresh flavors of currants and cherry, followed by black tea, mint and pomegranate liqueur. The wine finishes as it begins, with fresh fruit and velvety tannin, sweet cocoa and baking spices.
The fruit was hand-harvested on a single day in October, destemmed and allowed to soak on the skins for 4 days cold prior to a wild fermentation. The fermentation was pumped over twice daily and allowed to macerate on the skins for a total of 47 days from crush to press. The wine was pressed into French oak barrels, 50% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 18 months before it was bottled without fining or filtering.
Hearty meals that rely on wines with superior balance and firm acidity will find their match here. Conservative pairings would be polenta, rosemary and paella. Bolder entrees such as truffles, saffron or mussels would be equally as rewarding.
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.
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.
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.
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.