Spread along 600 vertical feet of a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas range, our 120-acre Amapola Creek ranch borders the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyard, home to our Viñas Antiguas Zinfandel. The red, iron-oxide volcanic soils we share with our esteemed next-door neighbor have yielded superb wines for over a century. We farm our 20 acres of mountain vineyard organically. Two of our four estate blocks, China Wall and Fox Trot Meadow, were the sources for our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.
A cool, unseasonably wet spring provided a challenging growing season in 2005. Diligent hand pruning by Sonoma Valley's leading organic viticulturist, Phil Coturri, curtailed excessive growth that would have put our vines out of balance. Mild daytime temperatures also worked to our advantage, allowing the grapes to mature and develop deep flavors and dark pigmentation. Warmer nights promoted fully ripe tannins, resulting in superb quality. Our grapes were hand-picked in early October at an average of 25.4 degrees Brix.
Quality is more important to us than yields. That commitment shows in this Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively with fruit from our estate vines. After painstaking organic farming, we dropped half of our crop to make a wine of power and perfect ripeness from very limited yields. The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. This dense, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon displays a wealth of intense black cherry, blackberry, currant and cassis aromas. Silky and seamless on the palate, the wine reveals complex layers of luscious black fruit flavors that meld with oak nuances and polished, ripe tannins throughout a remarkably persistent finish.
This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Drink now or hold for 10-15 years.