Yield: 1.75 tons per acre
Harvest: September 16th-29th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.0° Brix, 3.42 pH, 6.8 grams acidity
Cepage: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: French 50%- 1-3 years old; American 50%- 1-3 years old
Bottling: July 2018; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2020
Thankfully, California’s five-year drought ended in 2016. Cool-weather and ample rainfall during the winter helped to slow the growing season. Harvest was not super early, giving the grapes time to develop a depth of flavor.
Fresh, vibrant aromas of red raspberry and loamy earth merge with a concentrated palate of currant, earth notes, and characteristic iron.
This wine is unique in the Santa Cruz Mountains in that it is an appellation wine. Our partners in this endeavor: McCarthy Family Vineyards, La Rusticana d’Orsa, Tsai Family and, of course, our Mount Eden and Domaine Eden sites all contribute to this wine. The result is a Bordeaux blend that reflects the middle of the mountain range, Saratoga and Los Gatos specifically. The vines range from sixteen to forty years old: Bordeaux varieties have an innate vigor that, with good viticulture, can allow prosperous old age. The final blend is Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 4%, and Malbec 1%.