FOR SALE AT THE WINERY ONLY
HARVESTED: September 21, 2016
VINEYARD LOCATION: In Saratoga, off the historic Mount Eden Road where some of
California’s first vines were planted over 100 years ago, set high on a steep southeast facing
slope rests the venerable Lonehawk Vineyard.
SOILS: Deep gravelly loam
BOTTLED: February 2018
COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
PRODUCTION: 50 cases
WINEMAKER: Colin McNany
After quite a serious multi-year drought, the winter rains almost returned to normal, bringing
temporary relief to our heat stressed vineyards. January was warm, and kicked the vines into a
stage of advanced bud break. A cool summer helped push the harvest back about a week,
allowing for maximum hang time. This hang time encouraged phenolic ripeness of the berries,
developing ripe flavors and lignified tannins.
Lonehawk is our highest-end Cabernet vineyard, as well as the only vineyard designate. The
entire lot was destemmed, hand sorted, and tipped into a 3 ton open top stainless steel tank.
The fruit was cold soaked for 5 days and then inoculated with the BDX commercial yeast strain.
The ferment received a mixture of punchdowns and pumpovers to promote extraction. The wine
is kept on skins up to 20 days via extended maceration. Aged in 25% new French oak for 22
months with 100% native malolactic fermentation. Racked once to tank, the wine was delicately
gravity-fed to bottle.
Black olives, ripe blueberries and an herbal perfume shine from a dark garnet glass of our
Lonehawk Cabernet Sauvignon. A dusty, stony mouthfeel speaks to the vineyard’s terrain, while
the mature, supple tannins tell tales of the fruit’s thick skins (“So thick the birds won’t eat ‘em!”).
Enjoy between now and 10 years.