PreVail West Face
94 pts. The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend are grown on the steep slopes of our LookOut Mountain that sits at the junction of Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations. This spectacular mountain vineyard boasts 360 degree views, soaring in elevation from 500 to 1,400 feet, with low-yielding vines in soils deep, red and rich with nutrients.
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Aromas & Flavors
PreVail West Face is a delicious, full-bodied wine with lush aromas and flavors of boysenberry, cola, cocoa, smoky leather, juicy blackberries and spiced plum leading to vanilla and cassis on the finish. Fleshy and full this wine has exquisite depth and lingering, firm 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, lamb or pork. Pastas, stews or well-aged medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as Tellagio, also pair nicely.
How It's Made
Our PreVail West Face is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for three days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 21-27 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is drained and pressed to barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged in the wine caves for 24 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
These 15 to 20-year-old mountain vines are grown in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that add impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. 2013 was another great year for making wine. The growing season began with an early budbreak, after a cool, wet winter. An unusually warm and dry spring was followed by a consistently warm summer leading to elevated temperatures toward the end of August prompting an earlier harvest than in recent years. These favorable conditions resulted in wines featuring good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors.
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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