This deep red wine has aromas of blackberry pie, ripe red cherries, espresso bean and juniper berry. The supple, red fruit gives way to an earthy richness on the palate, highlighted by notes of dark chocolate, black cherry and cinnamon spice, all pulled together by the velvety texture and substantial body that make this wine uniquely Rutherford.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
The majority of grapes come from our own 24-acre Rutherford estate, where all five Bordeaux varietals are grown. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 11 - 19 at 24.2 and 26.0 Brix. The Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec were harvested October 1 - 19 at 25.1 and 27.0 Brix. All of the fruit was picked by hand and then berry sorted before undergoing a 2-3 day cold soak. Each small lot was inoculated with one from an assortment of French yeast strains, with gentle pumpovers done 2-3 times per day. The wine was racked two times before bottling in August 2012 and aged in our underground cellar for 21 months until its release in winter of 2013.