One of the greatest joys of being a winemaker is the creative task of blending. Says Andy, our winemaker, “This is the moment when I get to see all the nuances of farming and wine-making my father and I invested with our hard work as it comes to full fruition. Now comes the time to balance expression of varietal and terroir. When creating our Cabernet Sauvignon, my focus is typically on varietal as opposed to Dedication, which is my love letter to our unique Spring Mountain terroir. In 2009, I tried an experiment; could I break down our terroir to smaller sections, putting a laser focus on micro terroir while maintaining 100% varietal? The trial blends were a huge success with all our family, so we went ahead with two distinct bottlings.”
The Gate Block Single Vineyard Cabernet focuses on the seven rows immediately downhill of the entry to our Estate Vineyards. This is an arid area with rocky volcanic soils. The vines here are under constant water and nutrient stress, yielding unusually small berries concentrated in deep color and bursting with ripe flavors. Rich, jammy blackberry, black currant, and cassis dominate the aroma with subtle undertones of cedar cigar box, forest floor, and pomegranate. The mouthfeel is velvety and layered with complex phenolics and fruit components. The finish lingers in the mouth with focused tannins and balanced fruit and acidity.
The rocky, unforgiving soils of our Gate Block yield small, intensely flavored berries with thick skins and powerful tannins. This vintage produced a brooding wine of more black and blue fruits, lingonberry in particular, with steely graphite, lychee, baking spices, and a hint of pepper. To stand up to this powerful wine, we recommend a rich, marbled brisket or lamb with a hint of char.