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2008

SONOMA COUNTY

Mountain Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon

Following more than 30 years adapting farming practices to the mountain climate and terrain around the winery, we are pleased to produce this wine from several Bordeaux varietal vineyard blocks yielding fruit of mature character and balance. The heart of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on steep, west facing terraces that rise above the early renowned Wedding Vineyard, reaching a towering elevation of 1,400 feet. Other contiguous vineyard blocks incorporate a great diversity of soils and exposures, providing additional complexity and unmistakable mountain terroir.

Tasting Notes

Dark red velvet, saturated color, reminiscent of heavy theatre curtains. The first act for this wine unleashes a veritable symphony of powerful aromas: chocolate, cassis, forest floor, cedar and roasted espresso bean. The palate is weighty, constructed with densely layered ripe mountain tannins and flamboyant flavors of ripe blackberry and dark plum. Boasting tremendous length, the finish offers fine grain tannins and flavors of dark cocoa, cherry and espresso.

- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker

Production Notes

  • Whole-berry fermented in small open-top fermenters
  • Selected yeast fermentation
  • Malolactic fermentation completed in barrel
  • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
  • Aged 24 months in 80% new Taransaud French oak barrels

Alcohol by volume is 14.1%
Bottle date August 2010
375 cases produced

Vintages Produced

2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014

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