In the nose, ripe plums, dark cherries, and a hint of cedar. The wine has a bright mouth-feel with cherries, raspberries, cassis and figs. Nice tannins add structure and the finish lingers. (2008)
This lovely wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our picturesque Lone Oak Vineyard, is from a limited 312 case production which was originally bottled in August of 2004. With 14 years of bottle aging, it now pours an enticing library garnet in your glass and offers aromas of dried plums, cedar, and well-loved leather. The palate is bright, from a bing cherry start to cassis, ripe plums, and nuances of tarragon with soft tannins still present. Wonderfully smooth finish glides along. (2018)
Fermentation and Cellar
The grapes were picked by hand in multiple lots, destemmed, and fermented in small lots with hand punch down four times a day. After pressing, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and 21 months of barrel aging in 25% new French oak. ABV 13.4%
With a warmer than usual February, bud break came early, in the first week of March. Two weeks later, the 80% of normal annual rains ended. May and June were warmer than normal, giving the vines a good start. After that, the growing season was long, dry and mild, with only a few brief heat spikes moderated by the cool climate. Thus, the Bordeaux varieties have fully ripened flavors. Tannins are highly extractable and color is intense. Truly, a fine vintage.