Enticing deep-set aromas of cassis and juicy boysenberry weave through notes of forest floor. The first sip reveals an opulent, balanced Cabernet with round, rich edges. A concentrated core offers seductive flavors of blackberry, black currant, and black cherry mingled with hints of black pepper, eucalyptus, and cedar. The long finish provides a glimpse of fine-grained oak structure, along with traces of dark chocolate and violets.
Varietals: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 110 cases
The 2015 growing season brought much needed rain in December followed by a slightly dryer and warmer than normal spring. Early budbreak was followed by perfect weather with no rain that led to an extended bloom period and slightly smaller than normal clusters. The vineyard was watched closely as we entered the pre-harvest period, and the vines were monitored for stress during our normal late season heat events. Harvest went smoothly with wines settling into fermenters with great color being observed through the cold soak period. These early wines were very flavorful, leading to these great wines that were to come.
Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for each of our four Cabernet clones. These wines are carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous blending trials the Spring before Summer bottling. Each individual barrel is tasted for uniqueness and provides an essential blend diversity that typifies our wines as well as an exceptional 22 month ageing period.
Food Pairing Suggestion
Our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal wine to pair with Roasted Loin of Veal with Garlic, Shallots and Mustard Gravy (opens in new window) served with potatoes puree, or a classic duck confit — we’re certain Julia Child would adore this pairing.