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It’s always an exciting time at the winery when we officially release a new vintage, and we are even more excited that it is a release of our flagship varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our Winemaker Andy Schweiger would describe the 2008 growing season as a rollercoaster of ups and downs. An early, dry spring brought on an early budbreak, which could have led to an earlier than normal harvest; however mother nature kept the spring and summer temperatures very mild which contributed a longer hangtime. The longer hangtime created very intense and flavorful fruit and our dry farming techniques led to greater water stress and thus a lower yield of fruit come harvest time. The loss in yield proved to be a tremendous boon in the overall quality of fruit that year, elevating our typical intense flavors and colors to a new level. To help round out the wine, we have continued our traditional extended barrel aging program; allowing this Cabernet to age in french oak a total of 33 months. This is not to give the wine more oak or vanilla characteristics, but to give the wine more time in the micro-aerative environment of the barrel to enhance tannin polymerization.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is best when served at room temperature and can be enjoyed now or aged an additional 15 - 17 years in the proper cellar conditions. It is mighty tasty with roast lamb, prime rib, or even duck. Cheers!
To purchase, please visit find the 2008 Cabernet here in our online store, or give us a call at the winery: 707-963-4882