2016 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
October 13, 2016
70% New Saury French oak, Medium Toast, +30% neutral French oak for 15 months.
March 2, 2017
An opaque purple color, with a bright purple rim. The overly fragrant nose invites with cassis, warm baking spices, and espresso. The richness is echoed in the flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, and spice expressions. The lush fruit-forward style is balanced by an even, silky finish with structure and form designed for aging. Enjoyable now and for years to come.
The 2016 vintage on the farm started warm early and ended beautifully, especially for our later ripening red grapes. The cool fog of the morning frequently cleared to sunny skies early afternoon, accompanied by temperatures soaring into the high 90°s. As the sun set temperatures cooled off dramatically, dropping up to 40°F. These are the ideal conditions for creating greater depth of flavor in our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot varietals. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested exclusively from our 43-year Old Vine block, planted in 1973 on St. George rootstock by Rodney Strong. With yields as low as 3 tons to the acre, the concentration of fruit flavors led to a wine of extreme richness and opulence.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot