HARVESTED: September 12-October 15, 2019
VINEYARD: Santa Cruz Mountains
SOILS: loamy clay
BOTTLED: April 2021, 392 cases
COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
WINEMAKER: Charlie Miller
VINEYARD MANAGER: Thayer Dunwoody
Spring was long and cold with plenty of rain throughout the region. For those vineyards that started bloom after the rains, the crop was very strong. Everything seemed to come late – from budbreak to bloom and right on through varaison. Ripening came about at a snail’s pace, ultimately making for wines with great flavor at lower alcohol levels.
Grape clusters were hand picked, destemmed, sorted, and fermented in small 1-2 ton lots. Left on skins for an average of two weeks and punched down manually twice a day before gently pressing to French Oak (15% new). Raised up in barrel over the course of 16 months with regular topping and careful SO2 management for optimal expression of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Notes of plum, tobacco, and cedar make for a heady aroma. On the palate bright notes of raspberry and sour cherry glitter over a backdrop of black fruits, tree sap, tar, and resin. Well-structured and deep in color, allow this wine time to open up and reveal its many layers.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-7 years.