HARVESTED: September 3 – October 19, 2020
VINEYARD: Santa Cruz Mountains
SOILS: loamy clay
BOTTLED: April 2022, 624 cases
COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
WINEMAKER: Charlie Miller
VINEYARD MANAGER: Thayer Dunwoody
A continued historic drought and shifts in temperature throughout the season resulted in shorter hangtimes and lower yields. There was just enough water stress early in the season to limit crop size and keep berries very small. This condition is a winemakers dream! By summer, the combination of lower fruit yields and glorious California sunshine rewarded us with an even harvest of small, compact grape clusters.
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). Aged in barrel for 16 months with regular topping and careful SO2 management for optimal expression of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Notes of cassis, blueberry, cola, plum and sweet oak. Ripe blackberry fruit entry, full bodied, rich textures, exotic spice and toasted oak. Mid palate is structured with a lively acid, fruit driven profile. Complex, long, and textured finish.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-7 years.