Benchland Select is a special blend of five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from two superior vineyards in the gently sloping western benchlands of Rutherford and Oakville. These vineyards benefit from cool afternoon shade provided by the Mayacamas Mountains, allowing the grapes to mature at a slow, even pace, and gravelly loam soils affording excellent drainage. Each lot is gently destemmed and fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks designed to maximize color, flavor and tannin extraction. Yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, maceration techniques and barrel aging regimens were specifically tailored to the character of each lot to capture the finest attributes of each vineyard block in the final blend. The blend spent 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 56% new, prior to bottling.

Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter and long spring, setting up our vines for a warm season. Consistently high summer temperatures coupled with drought conditions led to a naturally small and high-quality harvest of deeply colored and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon ideal for cellaring.
Tasting Note
Dark fruit notes of blueberry and plum on the nose with hints of dried oregano. On the palate, this Cabernet segues from dark fruit notes to savory undertones, while showing off a silky texture. Full-bodied and dense in structure, the wine’s long finish is driven by firm tannins plus hints of cocoa and vanilla.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
PH: 3.60
ACIDITY: 0.63 g/100ml
ABV: 14.80%
AGING: Aged 22 months in 56% new French oak
Unique Selling Points
  • From two prime benchland vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville
  • Each lot fermented and matured separately for utmost fruit and terroir expression
  • Matured 22 months in French oak barrels, 56% new

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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