Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Chalk Hill, Russian River Valley, California

The aromas of the 2019 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon are an blend of tobacco, espresso, leather and cedar. Concentrated flavors of plum, blackberry, vanilla and dark chocolate are layered over a dense, smooth texture. e cool-weather Chalk Hill appellation shows its pedigree in the hints of fig and fine-grained tannins. The term Mossback is an old expression for farmers; folks connected to their roots and to the land. The Mossback label is a nod to the renowned farmers of the Russian River Valley and California¬ís cool coastal regions, whose hard work and expertise shine through in these wines. 2019 vintage – 85% chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Dunnigan Hills Petit Verdot, 3% Chalk Hill Merlot. Grapes harvested at night, destemmed and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters. The must was chilled to 55 degrees for 24 hours for its “cold soak” to enhance the berry aromas, and the juice was bled from the tank to concentrate flavors. During fermentation, the wine was pumped over twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas. A portion of the crushed fruit was fermented in French oak barrels to further intensify color and flavor. Tank fermented lots were pressed off at dryness then aged 22 months in French, hybrid (Hungarian and american oak) and American oak. The barrel fermented lot was pressed off after 90 days of skin contact then returned to the same barrels in which they were fermented. Th e final blend contains 12% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot for additional depth and structure.