Expanding aromas of Ripe Cherry, Raspberries and Violets proceed an approachable palette of Rich Dark cherry, Pomegranate and freshly shaven white chocolate. Finished by a toasty Oak and lightly tannic finish. As this intriguing aroma fades so does the expansive flavors increase
Long, elegant, and seamless, the palate is supported structurally by beautiful, powdery tannins from the fine sandy loam to clay. Loam underlain at 3 feet with sandstone in which the terraced Cabernet Vines Reside.
The mellow, ripe fruit bouquet leads to a soft palate with vanilla and black fruits, complex layers with chocolate and spicy notes, and soft tannins. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 20% Petite Sirah and 12% Merlot. The Carmel Valley in Monterey County is nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The vineyards are generally sited on well-drained gravelly terraces above 300 metres and are less influenced by the coastal fog and winds. The Cabernet Sauvignon was picked in two lots on October 12th and October 23rd with Malbec and Merlot harvested in between. The grapes were left to cold soak 48 hours before fermentation. The wine was aged for 12 months in barrels from Taransaud and Seguin Moreau cooperages with 40% new oak. It was then racked and matured a further 22 months in oak before bottling.