PreVail West Face
91- 94 pts. PreVail West Face, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, comes from our LookOut Mountain vineyard that boasts soils deep, red and rich with nutrients.
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Aromas & Flavors
Dark, concentrated aromas of blackberry syrup, baking spices and toasted oak surround flavors of warm berry pie, butterscotch and milk chocolate. Opulent roasted, caramel oak flavors come through with plentiful, silky 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 20 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
An unusually cool, wet winter and spring caused a late start to the growing season, while above average heat in July, and then a drop in temperature mid-August gave way to early rains in October. This did not harm the fruit, though, as a late warming trend dried the vines perfectly, and brought the Cabernet Sauvignon to full maturity in late October.
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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