2017 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
A dark purple color with a bright purple rim. Generous aromas of black cherry, black fruits, warm baking spices, and espresso fill a fragrant nose. Flavors of juicy, ripe black cherry, and spiced plum, with dried herb impressions, combine to yield a wine that is elegant and multi-layered. The finish is lingering, even, and silken with hints of structure that will aid in aging. Enjoyable now and for many years ahead.
Record breaking winter rainfall kicked off the season, replenishing soils and ponds. A pleasant spring brought bud break at the normal time, and we welcomed small berries with excellent color. A hot summer came to a peak on Labor Day weekend but our grapes fared well and once cooler weather arrived, our red varietals were able to mature at a gradual pace. This Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested exclusively from our 44-year Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon block, planted in 1973 on St. George rootstock by Rodney Strong. With yields as low as three tons to the acre, the concentration of fruit flavors and full-throttle richness create a very opulent and collectable wine.
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot