PreVail West Face
90 pts. PreVail West Face, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, is grown at an elevation of 500 to 1,400 feet on our LookOut Mountain Ranch in Alexander Valley.
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Robert M. Parker, Jr., 07/25/2017
Aromas & Flavors
This wine boasts dark, concentrated aromas of anise, mocha and currant surround flavors of juicy blackberry, sweet, dark cherry, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and cassis liqueur. Opulent, roasted, caramel oak flavors come through with loads of dense, powerful tannins providing textural proof of this wine's ageability.
PreVail West Face pairs well with braised, roasted or barbecued meats such as chicken, red meat, fish lamb or pork. Pastas, stews or well-aged medium and strong-flavored cheeses such as Tellagio also pair nicely.
How It's Made
These 13-year-old mountain vines with ideal western sun exposure are dry farmed in verdant soil that adds impressive depth and flavor intensity to the wine. West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon along with Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes for West Face are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 28-35 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 22 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
A wet winter gave way to a late March warming trend making for great bud break and a quick start to the growing season. A mild summer yielded grapes of wonderful balance, bright varietal characteristics and rich, plentiful tannins. The last of the grapes were harvested in early November.
Braised Venison Stew with Dried Cherries and Chocolate
Dried cherries and chocolate bring out the flavors of the venison in this robust stew. Serve with gorgonzola polenta, mashed potatoes or tagliatelle pasta.
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