Yield: 2 tons per acre
Harvest: September 4th-October 27th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.0° Brix, 3.40 pH, 8.0 grams acidity
Cepage: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: 50% French, 50% American- 1/2 new; aged 24 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2010; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2012
This wine is sourced from a mix of Mount Eden’s estate, Domaine Eden and three nearby vineyards owned by dear friends who spend a “king’s ransom” for perfection. The concept is to offer a Bordeaux-styled Cabernet which speaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains – specifically the mid-appellation. This is complementary to our historic Estate Cabernet which is solely from the vineyards at Mount Eden.
The blend is always somewhat of a surprise as the varietal composition changes year to year. The 2008 is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Cabernet France, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. Unfined, unfiltered, all fermentations were with native yeasts. Nothing added, nothing taken away.
The wine is as expected: Savory not sweet (aka Napa Cabs) with complex elegant berry fruit of black currant and black cherries with tell-tale chalky-earth notes that bespeak of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Worthy of cellaring for 10-15 years, it is an incredible value.