October 17, 2016 (CS), September 28, 2016 (M)
Harvest Brix: 22˚ (CS), 24.2˚ (M)
9-/12 months in French Oak barrels
September 4, 2017
Cabernet Merlot 2016
The beautiful ruby color and lightly smoky aroma give way to ripe red berry jam and plum flavors while a smooth finish provides hints of bittersweet cocoa.
BLEND: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot
Machine harvested and hand sorted. Merlot 85% destemmed and 15% whole cluster. Cabernet Sauvignon 98% destemmed, 2% whole cluster. Fermented separately in one-ton open-topped bins with GRE and D80 yeast, Cabernet Sauvignon from October 17 to October 26 and Merlot from September 28 to October 11. Aged in American and French oak barrels for nine and a half months.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with char-grilled steaks, braised roasts, or grilled vegetables.
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2019
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, we had only one inch or less of recorded rain in both June and July and were classified as being under “extreme drought” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure which resulted in a very clean crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, our vineyards produced berries of normal size with high sugars and low acids which yielded excellent reds with good concentration and ripe tannins.
(Oct 11, 2019 at 12:16 PM)
After a few years of of finding that i like reds this slight blend is the best I highly rate this as a great everyday wine!!