The Caver Vineyard was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a small section of Cab Franc in the late 1980's. Calcareous took over management of it in 1999 and treat it as part of our Estate. The age and location in York Mountain allow us to dry farm the vineyard. The 2019 vintage was marked by massive temperature swings from spring through fall. This produced a wide ranging level of ripeness in the vineyard. The results of this was a Cabernet showcasing all its facets, bright acidity and tannic strength right along full dark fruit. A vintage for age worthy Cabernet.
The fruit was handpicked cluster sorted before destemming and transferred to 4 ton concrete open top fermenters without cracking the skins. Twice daily pump overs and the occasional delestage were used to coax out juice from the berries. After 15 days on skins, the must was gently pressed and all fractions combined for 48 hours of settling. The rough Cabernet was then transferred to 30% new French Oak and 10% New American barrels for aging. After 22 months, the barrels were racked out to form the final wine and was bottled with no filtration.