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 2021 vintage was what I call a winemaker's dream vintage. A cooler than typical fall allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and steadily, freeing the pick from any outside pressures besides what is just the best possible time to pick. The cool ripening days also allowed the tannins to hold onto firmness, creating what my be the most age worthy cabernet we have ever produced.
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 21 months, the barrels were racked out to form the final wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Toasted oak layers on top creating satisfying yet understated finish that needs a prime rib in youth but with age will be perfect with grilled lamb chops with mint.