Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
/ Sonoma County
Grapes: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Fruit for the Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the estate vineyards in the Sonoma and Russian River Valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Rockpile. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and aromas. The fruit is inoculated with several different yeast strains to build complexity and then fermented in separate lots. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in 100% French oak barrels, 18% new oak.
San Francisco International Wine Competition2013 vintage
High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.
Robust but refined, this Cabernet has layered aromatics of cassis, black cherry and cocoa with a note of black licorice. Flavors of currant, mocha, vanilla, spice and more dark cherry precede a long, smooth finish. This wine shows off good structure and generous tannins.
An excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.
GRAPES: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
AGING: 18 months in 100% French Oak barrels
points of distinction
- A rich, full-bodied California Cabernet
- Matured for 18 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor.
vineyard details +
Sonoma County extends over 60,000 acres of vineyards and includes 15 unique AVAs, including Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Carneros, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley, Knights Valley, Rockpile and Russian River Valley. More than 50 grape varieties are planted in vineyards owned by over 750 growers and 260 wineries. Maritime-influenced conditions make this area notably cooler than Napa, further inland, and a multitude of beneficial soil types make Sonoma County a prime area for high quality wine growing.
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
– Chris Louton, Winemaker
“This is a rich and velvety Cabernet Sauvignon meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed immensely.”
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