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2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
2014 LA International Wine Competition
2014 LA International Wine Competition
2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Tasting Notes

Tempting aromas of dark toned fruit merge with expressions of fine-grained oak. The velvety texture reveals rich layers of dark cherry, wild plum, blackberry, and mocha with a touch of spicy cedar and a mineral essence. Elegant and stylish, with supple yet firm tannins and refined layers of oak notes, this Cabernet graces the palate with the finesse of a wine that deserves to be slowly sipped and savored as it lingers on the palate. Drinkable now, but given the opportunity for additional bottle aging, the wine will continue to evolve and reveal the depths of its beauty.

Winemaker Notes

While very happy with all of our Cabernet barrels, we felt that two in particular were exceptional and deserved the special distinction of “Barrel Reserve”. Our 2011 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. This wine was produced from another cooler-than-normal growing season that left these grapes on the vine for a very long time assuring great flavor development. Warm fermentation temperatures increased the concentration of aroma and flavor attributes extracted from the skins.

Within this blend we still capture the essence of our four Cabernet clones (two American and two French), with a bit of Petit Verdot for complexity. Each varietal and each clone are individually fermented and separately aged in 100% French oak for 22 months until we can guide our individual clonal lots and barrels into these exciting wines.

REGION: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA
CASES: 55 cases

Michael Franz’s Comments for Wine Review Online: “A very appealing Cabernet that shows lots of juicy, ripe fruit, this also displays of woodsmoke. The interplay of primary fruit and secondary accents is very effective, and the fine balance of sweetness and bright acidity likewise makes for enduring interest. A platinum award winner at Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.” 92 Points, Jun 17, 2014