PreVail West Face
91 pts, The Wine Advocate! 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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Silver, 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge
4 Stars, Restaurant Wine
89, Wine Enthusiast
Virginie Boone, 12/01/2017
91, The Wine Advocate
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 04/28/2017
92 Points, California Grapevine
Silver Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Aromas & Flavors
PreVail West Face is a delicious, full-bodied wine with lush aromas of maple, bacon, cocoa, graphite, plums and violets, leading into full-bodied flavors of blackberry and leather, with licorice 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 21 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. 2014 was another great year, 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 warm summer led to elevated temperatures toward the end of August, prompting an earlier harvest. These favorable conditions resulted in wines with good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors.
Grilled Flank Steak & Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Delicious any time of year, this Grilled Flank Steak Sandwich is sure to please the beef lover in your life. Pairs perfectly with Ferrari-Carano Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
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