Barrique Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Sonoma County, California

The vineyards are located along the southern extremity of Alexander Valley, along the Western bench of the Mayacamas. The soils are rocky and volcanic, with excellent early and mid-day sun exposure. The water stressed vines thrive only because the Mayacamas’ peaks protect them from the harsh afternoon sun. The grapes are de-stemmed only, and then transferred by gravity to stainless steel fermentation tanks. After a long, cold soak, the must was allowed to warm and ferment with indigenous yeast. After a steady fermentation to complete dryness, the new wine stayed on the grape skins for an extended maceration to develop mouthfeel and structure. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 45% new.