Yield: 2.2 tons per acre
Harvest: October 15th-November 15th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.2° Brix, 3.50 pH, 6.6 grams acidity
Cepage: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, & 4% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French 50% (60% new); American 50 % (3 year)
Bottling: August 2012; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2014
2010 was an epic year for our Cabernet vineyards. As always, the weather drove the vintage style. A long and cold winter set the stage for a late start to the growing season. Coolness overall was the theme, which is typical of our mountain climate, but even more so in 2010. A late harvest commenced, giving the grapes ample time to ripen through October.
The hallmark and beauty of this year is transparency of the fruit and abundant complexity. Black fruit, incense and sweet spices in the nose, with silky tannins and an endless array of violet, sage, espresso and grilled herbs on the palate, this Cabernet has exceptional overall balance and personality with an elegance that reminds me of a bygone era.
Drinking window: 2017-2030