The aromas of this estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon are robust and inviting, with dark plum, espresso, and cocoa nib leading the way. Earthy undertones of sandalwood and leather emerge as the wine opens up. On the palate, a succulent chocolate cordial-like quality greets the front of the mouth, followed by waves of boysenberry, licorice, and Earl Grey tea. The wine has a full, textured mouthfeel with firm, defined tannins that amplify the most decadent fruit qualities. The finish is long and elegant.
The 2020 growing season enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions. With minimal rain this winter, the vines were awakened with ideal moderate springtime temperatures, which eliminated any frost threat to the developing buds. At most sites, fruit set was during the optimal timeframe due to warm, consistent conditions. Veraison occurred 7-10 days earlier than in previous years due to the temperate weather and minimal rain. Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights throughout the summer months, with a few of the normal short-lived heat spikes, allowed for excellent flavor development. The year saw an early harvest, with 90% of the region’s grapes being picked before the late Fall.
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit for this lush red wine comes from our Certified Sustainable Estate Lagomarsino Vineyard in Russian River Valley. This scenic vineyard, just south of the town of Healdsburg, ascends into the foothills providing warm, sunny days above the fog line, ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. The long growing season of Russian River Valley allows full ripeness, but with less aggressive tannins than in warmer regions.
All grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for two days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each lot to be individually and distinctly crafted before being aged in French oak barrels, 42% new. The wine is kept 15 months in barrel before final blending.