Winemaker Dennis Hill’s deep knowledge of the best California Cabernet Sauvignon climates, soil types and vineyards, coupled with long-term relationships with premiere growers, allow sourcing for the finest grapes to craft the ultimate Cannonball flavor profile. Perfect California sunshine with pleasant cool evenings helped preserve color and acidity in the fruit. Traditional fermentation techniques with twice daily pump-overs are typical cellar treatments for our wines. French Oak aging begins shortly after vintage at the earliest stages of the new wines, and blending takes place in multiple stages over the 18 months following harvest to integrate and harmonize the components prior to bottling. Aromas: Dark cherry fruit wrapped in caramel and mocha accented by toffee oak. Taste: The palate opens with generous plum, cherry, boysenberry, and red currant fruit. Soft, smooth tannins midpalate with a dense core of fruit and layered with oak-derived notes of coffee, toffee, and toast.