2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Terrace

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Terrace

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Terrace

Vineyard: Best known for old vine Zinfandel and new plantings of Rhône varieties, the Dry Creek Valley is fully capable of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon when the right conditions come together at a particular site. When we first laid eyes on the Terrace Block at the Merrill’s Vinegrove adjacent to our winery, we knew we had found such a site. Planted on a steep south-southwest facing hillside a few hundred feet up from the valley floor, the combination of sun exposure, well-draining soil, and slightly cooler temperatures create the perfect storm for richly flavored, densely structured, classic California Cabernet.

Vintage: The first winter with big rains in half a decade allowed soils to store up plenty of water – this helped vine health during the scorching hot summer that brought over a dozen 100-degree days. We harvested our estate Vinegrove Cabernet Sauvignon on September 8th - by far the earliest ever. This turned out to be a stroke of good fortune, as the wine was fermented and safely in barrel by the time that year's devastating wildfires struck.

Winemaking: The grapes were de-stemmed into a small open-top tank for a long cold soak to encourage development of color before fermentation began spontaneously with wild yeast. Fermentation continued without the addition of any chemicals or enzymes, aided only by the heat of the sun and gravity-fed "pump-overs" once per day. After pressing the wine went into 100% new French oak barrels, aged for 24 months, and was racked only once, immediately prior to bottling.

$75 750ml