Presents a deep dark purple color and radiates a heavy bouquet of
currants, cinnamon and tar from the glass. The Estate Cab displays
immense density on the palate, filling the mouth with blackberry fruit,
and more earthy green olive and mushroom. The extended barrel
ageing developed perfectly integrated oak tannins with the wine that
combines to create a stunning finish.
This is our 4th release of a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from
our Estate Calcareous Vineyard yet the first to bear the word “Estate” This wine is almost entirely
from out Block 2 planting, the highest and largest block in the vineyard. The top of our mountain
is less steep, which has allowed for the creation of a slight amount of top soil. This captures a bit
more moisture and nutrients than the hill side Rhone plantings, making it a more suitable home
for Cabernet and the smaller plantings of Merlot and Cab Franc. The bedrock below is still
limestone rich though, and perhaps not other varietal showcases the impressive blend of ripeness
and acid as does our Cabernet Sauvingnon.
The fruit was handpicked and cluster sorted before de-stemming. The fruit was moved
uncrushed into 3-ton open stainless fermenters.
The berries were cold soaked under CO2 for 4
days to allow for color extractions. The tanks were
allowed to warm and fermentation begun. The
cap was punched down 2 times daily as well as a
daily pump over to add oxygen. The warm, dry
2012 vintage provided soft tannin thus allowing
extended maceration to create as dense a wine as
possible. After 28 days, the juice was pressed off
the skins and rough racked into barrels. The
barrels were only racked one time, after
completion of malo-lactic fermentation. The wine
was aged in a blend of 20% French Orion and 20% French Cavin new oak. The remaining
cooperage was neutral used oak, and was allowed to mature in the cellar for 28 months. The wine
was bottled unfined with only a course filtration.