This cabernet sauvignon’s dark fruit aromas of black plum and cassis are tight yet bright with hints of vanillin and toasted barrel, with a note of licorice and ground pepper. Big juicy blackberry flavors are evenly textured, structured and carry with length. The wine is ripe and opulent with an appealing note of dark chocolate and dusty cocoa feel. A serious cabernet sauvignon that has integrity; built to reward with time in the cellar.
The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery. 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 before the individual berries being sorted to ensure the ideal grapes were selected. These berries were delivered to a fermenter where they rested on their skins. Warm fermentation temperatures along with gentle cap maceration to achieve the desired color and structure, before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 19 months of maturation. Twelve percent of the sorted berries used in this blend was fermented in small French oak tanks, ten percent of the sorted berries were fermented in new French oak barrels and nine percent of the blend was fermented in small concrete tanks, all to add layers of complexity to the wine.
94 Points, Decanter
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points, Wine Spectator