Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
We have no reservations about this stellar Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Warm and generous fruit combined with robust tannins, this Cab has real staying power. Maybe it’s the alluvial, well-drained soils the vines are grown in, maybe it’s the ideal sun exposure and climate. Whatever it is, this Cab hits all the right notes.
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 04/28/2017
Aromas & Flavors
Our 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our RockRise Ranch in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops of the coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine, resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day – ideal conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This full-bodied wine entices with captivating aromas of dark chocolate, plum, green olives and leather, accented with undertones of cassis. Lush and full flavors of black cherry, plum, boysenberry, cola, and cedar are layered with a solid structure of rich tannins.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp cheddar, also pair nicely with this wine.
How It's Made
The grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted before being transferred to oak and stainless steel tanks for 3 days of cold soaking. Following the cold soak, yeast is added and pump overs commence, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. Individual lots are moved to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 21 months of cave aging, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak. This wine is bottled August, 2016.
2014 gave us another great crop of grapes, despite a second year of farming under drought conditions. The growing season began with early bud break after a dry winter, which led to a warm and dry spring. A consistently warm summer was followed by elevated temperatures toward the end of August, prompting an earlier harvest than the previous year. These favorable conditions resulted in wines with good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors.
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