2014 
											PreVail Back Forty					 Bottle

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2014
PreVail Back Forty

Alexander Valley

90 pts, The Wine Advocate! The grapes for this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on low-yielding vines on a 40-acre, 1,100-foot elevation vineyard at the back side of Ferrari-Carano’s RockRise Mountain in Alexander Valley.

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine has a delicious array of intense aromas of cassis, currants, toffee and leather, perfectly balanced with full and smooth flavors of jammy blueberry and boysenberry, and persistent black fruit on the finish.

Food Pairings

Back Forty pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbequed red meats such as lamb, beef, pork or veal. Medium and strong-flavored semi-soft, semi-hard, aged or creamy cheeses work well, or pair Back Forty with a dark chocolate dessert for a special treat.

How It's Made

French clones 337 and 338 were selected specifically for Back Forty because of its small berry size and rich tannins. The grapes for Back Forty are hand sorted and destemmed, and upon entering the winery, gravity fed directly into oak and stainless steel tanks for three 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. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is drained to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, aged in the wine caves for 21 months, and then bottled in August, 2016.

The Vintage

Our mountain vines are grown in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soils that add impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. 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.

AppellationAlexander Valley

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

Cooperage49% new French oak, 51% older oak

ReleaseSeptember 2018