Yield: 1.5 ton per acre
Harvest: September 19th-27th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.2° Brix, 3.50 pH, 8.1 grams acidity
Cepage: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French & American; 50% new; aged 24 months in barrel
Bottling:July 2018; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2020
After a punishing five-year drought, 2016 gave us a sense of normalcy. Although the harvest was early, towards the end of September, the winter rains were in line with our fifty-year average.
Our Cabernet vines are old, the yields are small, around one ton per acre and the vineyards themselves are isolated by nature. These factors create a wine that is unique to our mountain home—the very essence of terroir.
2016 is a Bordeaux blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in 50% new French and American oak for 22-months before bottling. Distinctive aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, mountain flora and subtle earth precede a firm, lush palate with intense blueberry, blackberry notes and a touch of flint. The palate is medium-bodied, yet it has an incredible intensity with no heaviness.
One should expect this vintage to live for many decades.