93 Points | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | July 2020
90 Points | Wine Advocate | Aug 2020
Double Gold Medal | Sonoma County Harvest Fair | Sep 2020
Gold Medal | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | July 2020
Leading with a robust nose of dark plum, espresso, and cocoa nib, this opulent Cabernet Sauvignon evolves with earthy undertones of sandalwood and leather. A succulent chocolate cordial-like quality greats the front of the palate as waves of boysenberry, licorice, tobacco, and fresh thyme create a full and texture-full mouthfeel. Soft, yet defined tannins amplify the richest fruit qualities creating a long and elegant finish.
The 2017 growing season started out wet with record-breaking rainfall after several dry years. A mild spring led to a timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by ideal conditions of cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks meant the majority of the fruit was in by the first week of October. Beautiful color, well-defined aromatics, and outstanding flavor are all evident in this year’s vintage.
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 the 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, 60% new. the wine is kept 20 months in barrel before final blending.