Mountain Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
Following more than 30 years adapting farming practices to the mountain climate and terrain around the winery, we are pleased to produce this wine from several Bordeaux varietal vineyard blocks yielding fruit of mature character and balance. The heart of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on steep, west facing terraces that rise above the early renowned Wedding Vineyard, reaching a towering elevation of 1,400 feet. Other contiguous vineyard blocks incorporate a great diversity of soils and exposures, providing additional complexity and unmistakable mountain terroir.
Aromas of dark chocolate, currant and black tea are followed by expressions of black cherry and ripe blackberry. On the palate, the ultra dark fruit notes are met with flavors expressive of the hillsides where it grows - lavendar, sage, forrest floor and crushed rock minerality. The texture also speaks of mountain fruit boasting dense structure and rich tannins.
- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker
- 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot
- Harvested October 22-26
- Whole-berry fermented in small open-top fermenters
- Malolactic fermentation completed in barrel
- Aged 21 months in French oak barrels (80% new)
Alcohol by volume is 14.1%
Bottle date July 2011
610 cases produced