Spread along 600 vertical feet of a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas range, our 100+
acre Amapola Creek ranch borders the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyards. The red,
basaltic volcanic soils we share with our esteemed next-door neighbor have yielded superb wine
for well over the last century. The rhyolitic soils from our China Wall Vineyard add a firm tannin
structure to the French clone Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted there in 2000. All 20 acres of
our mountain estate vineyards are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified
organic. Estate vineyard blocks, China Wall, Bobcat Run, Fox Trot Meadow, and Montaña
Vista, were the sources for our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Using grapes from these distinct
micro-climates and soil profiles allows us to showcase the diverse terroir of our vineyards.
The weather during the growing season in 2013 was perfect for wine grapes, largely dry and
warm, but not overly hot. The growing season began early, with a warm, dry spring, and the
weather stayed absolutely beautiful all the way through harvest. The quality and quantity of the
fruit were exceptional. We handpicked these grapes beginning on September 9, and brought in
the last of them just a week and a half later on September 19.
The nose on this wine opens with a luscious dollop of blackberry and red, juicy plum. Swirl the
glass once or twice, and you will start to uncover darker fruit notes of blackcurrant and a bare
hint of pomegranate, accented with subtle notes of oak and toasted vanilla.
Take a sip, and the first thing you will notice is a firm acidity that opens quickly onto dark black
fruit with just a touch of anise. As your first impression fades, you will find deeply structured
tannins that fill the palate, underscoring a finish redolent with chocolate, blueberry preserves,
and aged cedar.
This wine evolves marvelously over the course of a glass, growing bigger and bolder as it takes in
the air. The tannins unfold and show the excellent maturity of the grapes as they were brought
in from the vineyard, and the fruit characters gain in intensity, building to an intricate finish
that lasts for many minutes.