2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
At our Annual Vertical Tasting in January 2023, we tasted the 2012 and here are our notes: French plums, blackberries, blueberries, cassis and forest floor. Silky, chewy, soft. Bresaola, black pepper, Niçoise olives, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla, toasty notes.
23.5° Brix sugar
0.62 g/100 mls acidity
0.55 g/100 mls acidity