2013 CS Sonoma Valley

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Overview

Cabernet is the dominant flavor and forms the mid-palate structure and the long finish. Cabernet Franc adds a chocolate-like experience at the top of your palate. Merlot give it more nose. Malbec fills in the lower back, like blackberries. Petit Verdot adds a touch of spice and Syrah adds depth to the bottom of your palate. The blend is full bodied, perfectly balanced and mellow.

 

The Cabernet is from four distinct terroirs, an upper mountain slope, a rocky mountain valley, and a steep terraced hillside, all in the Sonoma Valley AVA. This contributed to the complexity of the Cabernet flavors, and structure. The varietals rounding out this Meritage style blend were from two vineyards each. This is more than a blend of varietals. It is a blend of places, distinctive and unique.

 

Each lot was fermented and aged separately. After triple sorting the handpicked grapes, a fermentation protocol, from yeast selection, to temperature control, feeding, oxygenation, and maceration times was implemented for each lot. We age many of our red wines longer in the barrel than any other American winery. Long barrel aging softens tannins and integrates flavors into a balanced harmony.

 

The color is deep, dark and brilliant. The nose is true to Cabernet with a bit of leather, some allspice and cedar. The taste unfolds in long linear strokes from front to back. The tannin is definitively Cabernet typical but without being obtrusive or dominant. All the elements are harmonious and integrated. The wine is dry yet gentle for a Cab. The finish is long and lingering. It is an elegant, friendly Cabernet that is perfect with red meat and grilled foods.

 

Technical Data

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah

Alcohol: 14.9%. pH 3.70, T.A. 6.2g/L R.S. 0.8g/L,

2013 CS Sonoma Valley