Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 28th-October 26th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.2° Brix, 3.40 pH, 6.6 grams acidity
Cepage: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: French 50%- 10 % new; American 50%- 10% new; aged 24 months in barrel
Bottling: October 2014; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2016
When this wine in was created in 1999 (then called “Saratoga Cuvee”) it was to introduce the essence of our home, the Santa Cruz Mountains. Mount Eden’s Estate Cabernet was already firmly established among the iconic Cabernets of California, yet we felt wine lovers needed to know more about the beautiful region we live in and the Cabernets produced there. Thus this wine was born.
2012 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Although a drought year, amazingly the vines did not suffer. The harvest was late and under perfect “Indian Summer” conditions. This allowed full ripeness at a slow pace. As always, the vintage is a composite of five vineyards, all within Saratoga and Los Gatos in the mid-section of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Mount Eden either grows or carefully supervises all of the vineyards that blend into this wine.
The winemaking is traditional, which is Mount Eden and Domaine Eden’s signature. Beautiful aromas of black currant, graphite and cedar wood dominate the nose. A full-bodied palate with black fruit and earth flavors, along with structure that is typical of mountain cabernets.