TASTING NOTES: Aromas of cranberry, vanilla, dried berries and oak. Smooth tannins with concentrated tart cherry flavors and a medium body. This wine is ready to drink and enjoy now but can age for 5 - 7 years.
WINEMAKING NOTES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We reserved the coolest climate blocks from our vineyard in Fair Play for this wine so as to produce a more restrained and structured and not an overripe and fruity style. Before fermentation we bled off 15% of the juice from the grapes for rosé wine, leading to additional concentration in this wine. We fermented this wine in small one ton open top fermenters due to the limited quantity and hand punched down the fermentation daily, which is more delicate than pumping over.
FOOD PAIRING: Prime rib, roast beef, steak, gourmet burgers, short ribs, or grilled lamb. Rich dishes with porcini or portobello mushrooms. A rich roasted vegetable tart or mushroom dish is a good vegetarian pairing.
AGING: Aged in 50% Nadalie med+ French oak and 50% American med+ for 18 months.
ACCOLADES: Silver Medal, Foothill Wine Fest
125 cases produced.