Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
/ Sonoma County
Grapes: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Fruit for our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our 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 and Alexander Valley. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for two days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each lot to be individually and distinctly crafted before being aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. The wines are kept 18 months in barrel before final blending and bottling.
Wine & Spirits2014 vintage
Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.
This is a beautifully balanced wine with aromas of cassis, black cherry and cocoa powder along with rich fruit flavors of dark plum and cherry pie finishing with a note of graphite. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon showing off deep color, layered aromatics and generous tannins.
An excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.
GRAPES: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
AGING: 18 Months, 100% French Oak
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
Sonoma wines express themselves differently than wines from Napa. They have their own unique brightness and great intensity
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