2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 was a challenging growing season with drought conditions continuing for the second year. Freezing temperatures hit during budbreak for the first time in 40 years. Approximately 20% of our young shoots were damaged. Then record heat at bloom further reduced the crop; fortunately for us the fruit quality was excellent. Harvest began on October 1.
This red wine was produced by fermenting the juice with the skins to extract their color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top and form the "cap". To ensure thorough color and flavor extraction, we pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap throughout the fermentation.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine stayed on the skins for another two weeks to soften the young tannins. We then moved the Cabernet into our caves where it was aged in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. During its first Winter, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation which lowered its acidity and added richness. In its second year, this Cabernet was aged in both oak barrels and tanks. After many blending trials, we added 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec to this Cabernet to increase the wine’s depth and richness. We bottled it in August 2010.
At our Annual Vertical Tasting in January 2017, we tasted the 2008 and here are our notes: Blueberries, raspberries, briars, milk chocolate and picholine olive aromas. Lively, bright on the palate. India ink, vanilla toastiness and black pepper enhance the bouquet.
The 2008 Cabernet is available in a Vertical Collection of Cabernet with 2005 and 2011 to demonstrate the benefits of aging our Cabernets.