Red in color with bright notes of dust and red cherries moving into notes of caramel, toasted coconut and graham cracker. The palate is bright with layers of flavor starting with red fruit, developing into espresso and toast, and finishing with bright cherry, inviting another sip.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
This is the first year that the fruit for this wine has come from our newest estate Tonella in Rutherford. The vineyard has been replanted and this is only the second harvest ever off of the new plantings of 10 different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and two different clones of Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 18 - 24 at 24.9 and 25.0 Brix. The Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec were harvested October 13 at 25.0 and 25.2 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 and aged in our underground cellar for 23 months before bottling in June 2013 and release in December 2014.