Aromatic and concentrated, this Cabernet bursts out of the glass with aromas of black cherries and dried black currants complemented by notes of espresso and sweet oak. On the palate flavors combining dark chocolate and blueberries are framed by drying tannins, leading to a clean finish with hints of caramelized plums and spice. The plush tannins and strong dark fruit flavors of this wine make it a perfect complement to marinated skirt steak with grilled onions, or teriyaki chicken skewers.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards in Lodi and Monterey County and fermented in separate lots prior to blending. A portion of the grapes were quickly macerated and transferred to primarily new French oak barrels for extended barrel fermentation. Fermenting in barrel in our temperature controlled winery brought out the vibrant dark fruit characteristics in this Cabernet Sauvignon while contributing lusciousness to the texture and a spicy note to the aroma. A small amount of Malbec from our vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and a small dash of Petite Sirah were included in the final blend giving this Cabernet greater color and flavor.