2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | Alexander Valley
Harvest Date: September 28, 2013
Harvest pH: 3.70
Harvest TA: 5.5 g/L
Composition: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Ageing: 17 months
Barrels: 100% Used French Oak
Brix at Harvest: 26.2
2013 was another ideal growing season. Even though we had low rainfall total, the weather could not have been better for making great wine. It was very even from bud break all the way through to picking. We didn’t have any heat spikes during the growing season. The Cabernet was picked by hand in late September. The grapes were destemmed and 50% crushed. They went into a closed top tank for a 4 day cold soak and twice daily pumpovers before inoculation and fermentation. Post-fermentation, the wine went into used French Oak barrels, where it was racked twice before going to keg 17 months later.
The aroma on this wine starts out with rich notes of tobacco and leather, but also carries a delicate dark fruit element in it. On the palate, silky fruit and tannins abound. The finish lingers on for a long time, with delicate and chalky tannins and a hint of acidity to balance it all out.