A dark, structured wine brimming with aromas of black fruit and plum with notes of vanilla and oak and a hint of tobacco. Full-bodied layers of blackberry and blueberry are framed by elegant tannins and a slight herbal note on the finish. Rich, soft and round, this wine has beautiful structure and vibrancy that will allow it to age for a decade or more.
The Cabernet grapes were sourced from their estate San Lucas and Hames Valley Vineyards. San Lucas is a postcard-perfect vineyard, with gorgeous rolling topography, sunshine-filled days, and cool nights. Hames is located at the southern edge of Monterey County and has a climate characterized by a high day-to-night temperature differential, with a variation of up to 50° quite common.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed into small bins for fermentation. Fermentation was carried out in small lot, open-top fermenters. The cap was punched down 3 times per day at the height of fermentation to gently increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary malolactic fermentation and aging. Barrel aged for 20 months, each lot was tasted and individual barrels were selected for inclusion in the final blend. The wine is bottled unfiltered, in order to preserve the tannin structure and aromatics.