Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (3%), Cabernet Franc (2%). Total Estate Cabernet Production: 66 tons from 34 acres; 24 parcels selected for this wine. 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Bottled 8/10: A severe winter ended in early February, leaving the vines short of water by late August. Moderate summer weather ripened the small crop during the first three weeks of October. Color and tannin extracted rapidly from the small berries. Parcels that make up the Estate Cabernet consistently produce wines that are more accessible and elegantly structured than those dedicated to the Monte Bello. Typically, we reduce pump-overs and press early, balancing tannins to fruit Enjoyable now, this superb wine will age beautifully over the next fifteen to twenty years. Limestone sub soils, cool climate, low yields, natural fermentations, and our undivided attention have produced fifty vintages of exceptionally fine wines. The distinctive character of the world's great wines has always been determined by their site - by nature, not by man. 13.5% alcohol by volume. Product of USA.