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Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff - June 1, 2009
"Has the feel of an important, but young, Cabernet, with its impressive structure and near-perfectly ripened fruit. The flavors of black currant, plums, minerals and cedar are wrapped in goreously ripe, refined tannins, and balanced with fine acidity."
This seductive and dark Cabernet shows bright elements ripe cherry and currants, plum and hints of raspberry. A touch of cocoa aroma envelops the bright black fruit in the under layers. The palate produces a vivacious cherry, firm acidity and a hint of dark chocolate and oak. Warmth comes from 100 percent new French Oak. This wine will continue to improve for 3 to 5 years and should survive well to 2023 or longer with ideal cellaring conditions.
The 2005 harvest began in early October. The cane-pruned vines are carefully hand harvested by our own family from our Estate Grown vineyard in Oakville. The ’05 vintage was definitely one for the record books. It was a later than usual vintage with ample yields. Being a bountiful vintage required special attention to thin and balance crop loads. Now in their 17th year, these vines never receive a drop of summer irrigation since their third year in the ground.
The fruit was destemmed into small stainless steel fermentors and time on skins lasted 26 days. The fruit was then lightly pressed, keeping “free run” and “press” fractions separate and aged in 100% new French Oak barrels for a lengthy 27 months. While we do add yeast to finish primary fermentation, we allow the indigenous malolactic bacteria of our cave to complete the secondary fermentation. Unfiltered and unfined.
96% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% Estate Merlot
0.68 g/100mL T.A., 3.55 pH, 13.7% Alc. Bottled on April 21, 2007
350 Cases Produced