Spread along 600 to 1,000 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 Bowl Vineyard add a firm
tannin structure to the French clone Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted there in 2000. All 15
acres of our mountain estate vineyards are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified
organic. Estate vineyard blocks, China Bowl, Bobcat Run, Fox Trot Meadow, and Montaña Vista,
were the sources for our 2016 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 2016 was perfect for wine grapes, largely dry and
warm, but not overly hot. We received an abundance of winter rainfall after experiencing five
years of draught. The rains were a welcome relief to the thirsty vines and replenishing much
needed ground water. The quality and quantity of the fruit was exceptional. We handpicked
these grapes September 15th through the 21st, 2016.
The nose on this wine opens with a luscious burst of juicy red plum and blackberry. Swirl the
glass once or twice, and you will start to uncover darker fruit notes of black currant, 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 into dark black
fruit with just a touch of anise and a bare hint of pomegranate. 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.
Drink now or hold for 10-plus years.