Hafner Vineyard

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard

While light Winter rains and several days of frost in Spring made us nervous, 2012 became a growing season that winemakers dream of – great set during bloom, mild Summer temperatures with no heat spikes, moderate Fall days. In essence, the stars aligned and brought us exceptional quality fruit and good yields. Harvest began on October 10.

Winery

To produce this wine, we first sorted the fruit (to eliminate leaves and stems), then fermented the juice with its skins to extract both 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 fermentation. 

Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine remained with its skins for another two weeks to soften the young tannins. We then drained the wine, pressed the skins and 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 to the palate. In its second year, this Cabernet was aged in both oak barrels and oak tanks. After many blending trials, we decided to add 2.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Malbec to the 2012 Cabernet to increase the wine’s depth and length. This wine was bottled in August 2014.

Drinkability

Young and fruit-forward, the 2012 Cabernet reflects its excellent growing season. It opens with bright aromas of black cherries, raspberries, strawberries and violets. Supple and round on the palate, it has notes of India ink, carpaccio, vanilla and nutmeg. Its long, lingering finish adds depth and complexity to the wine. At five years of age, the 2012 is young in comparison to its predecessors, but it has the structure and richness to age well for at least twelve years.

This wine is now sold out. Thanks to everyone who contributed to its success.

Parke Hafner Signature

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

At Harvest:

23.5° Brix sugar
0.62 g/100 mls acidity
3.39 pH

At Bottling:

13.5% alcohol
0.55 g/100 mls acidity
3.79 pH