This cabernet sauvignon presents with deep dark shades of reds and purples. Aromas of blackberry, plum, and boysenberry leap from the glass and are joined by notes of dark chocolate. Flavors of black currant and juicy plum follow with toasted oak and a hint of espresso. This wine has brooding flavors, tremendous length, fine texture, and incredible structure.
An extreme winter in 2017 left our lakes full, which was welcome after several dry years. This groundwater primed the vineyards for what turned out to be another excellent harvest. Early spring saw lovely days with May quickly warming up. The summer experienced several heat spells and caused the vineyards to accelerate their ripening, while conditions remained dry. Cabernet Sauvignon harvest kicked off on September 20, 2017. Yields are as expected, and the quality of the fruit is exceptional.
The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery in half-ton bins. At the winery, the clusters were sorted using a double sorting system. First, the clusters were sorted by hand. The fruit then ran through a small de-stemmer that removed stems from the grapes before the individual berries being sorted to ensure that the ideal grapes were chosen. These berries were delivered to a fermenter where there was a period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures were encouraged along with gentle cap maceration to achieve the desired color and structure for the wine before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 20 months of maturation.
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