2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Single Vineyard Series
Lodi (Mokelumne River)
20 Months in French Oak (26% new)
This deep garnet Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of complex aromas of black current, cedar, and vanilla. Full bodied with echoing aromas on the palate. The finish is abundant in textural tannins yet smooth and velvety.
These Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from our estate vineyard (Mokelumne River AVA). This vineyard is the one that surrounds our tasting room and production facility. The vines are trained onto a VSP (vertical shoot position) trellis system. Pruning and shoot thinning were done to keep cluster counts in balance, leaves were pulled on the north side of the vine as the rows oriented east to west.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning (approximately 27.1° Brix) and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for a three day cold soak. Must was inoculated with yeast and fermentation was kept healthy with regular timed pump overs. Aged in oak barrels, approximately 22% new. Both French oak barrels were used. The composition of the wine is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. All of these are from our Estate Grown vineyards.