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100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino County, California
For three generations, the family has crafted wines from vineyards they have tended in Mendocino County since the 1960s. Between the vineyard rows we sow seeds to provide natural nutrients for our grapevines. They harvest in September and spend the next 18 month making a rich wine with ripe fruit flavors and soft tannins.
Since Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in a warmer climate, we have always grown our fruit further
inland amongst the sunny hillsides along the Russian River in the Ukiah Valley. We select
gravelly, well-drained soils for Cabernet; the vines struggle in these conditions resulting in low
yields of grapes with exceptional flavor.
A moderate growing season followed a wet winter, making 2019 an ideal vintage by the time the
grapes were ready to harvest in late September. Each vineyard block was picked at optimal
ripeness, destemmed, and fermented in a mix of small open-top fermenters and stainless steel
tanks. After fermentation, we pressed to oak barrels from our favorite coopers, where the wine
aged for eighteen months. Careful blending and minimal handling let the quality of the fruit
shine in this blend.
Bold and complex, our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a Mendocino classic. You will find layered
aromas of ripe red raspberry, cassis, blackberry pie, and elegantly toasted oak, with whispers of
tobacco leaf and coffee. On the palate, the wine opens with a burst of red and black fruit,
followed by the more savory and rich earth and spice notes. Structured tannins and balanced
acidity sustain its fullness through a long finish. On the dinner table, consider pairing this wine
with steak tartare, beef Wellington, bleu cheese, shortbread cookies or Black Forest cake.
Appellation: Mendocino Sugar at harvest: 25.6° - 28.3° Brix
Fermentation: Tanks and 3⁄4-ton fermenters Harvest dates: October 5 - October 15
Maturation: 18 months in barrel (35% new) Titratable acid: 5.8 g/L
Alcohol: 14.2% pH: 3.7
Cases produced: 3,065
Cellaring: 5 - 10 years with careful aging