Yield: 2.1 tons per acre
Harvest: September 24th- October 10th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5 Brix, 3.49 pH, 6.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 50% Bordeaux French thin stave new; 50% 1-2 year old French and American Appalachian
Bottling: October 2002
Release Date: Winter/Spring 2006
Let’s face it, the no-holds-barred, low cut dress mode of Cabernet, so popular with “competition’ wines, becomes tiresome at the dinner table. Sommeliers across the country tell me that the style of our Cabernet is different for California. They say that the weight and texture of our wine suits their contemporary cuisine. Music to my ears. With lively acidity, balanced tannins and generous terroir-driven fruit character, this style of wine holds one’s interest longer. A dynamic change from first glass to last is one of our goals.
2002 was an incredible year for all of our estate wines. A very cold winter with low rainfall gave way to a cool growing season, low yields and a late harvest. We knew we had something special early on in tasting the barrels. Aromas of lead pencil shavings, cassis, and blackberry are followed by textural expansiveness on the palate with flavors of black current, anise and earth.
The total impression is large, generous, age-worthy and above all tasty.