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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District

THE VINEYARD
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 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Using grapes from these distinct micro-climates and soil profiles allows us to showcase the diverse terroir of our vineyards.

VINTAGE

This vintage will be remembered as a relatively long one due to the mild temperatures
experienced during the growing season. The unusually cool summer weather slowed vine
growth and delayed the start of harvest by two to three weeks. The Cabernet lingered close to
its peak maturity, but was not quite ready to pick until after a sudden spike of heat in late
September pushed the flavor profile up to where we wanted it. The 2010 vintage proved to be
exceptional, yielding complex, balanced, and ripe fruit that resulted in lush, full-bodied wine.

TASTING NOTES
Our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of what this variety can be in the
Mayacamas/Moon Mountain District. The color is deep, almost black with a ruby edge. The
nose opens with notes of cedar, dark chocolate and crème de cassis, developing intense
characters of black fruit after a moment in the glass. Take a sip, and you will find that this wine
shows a subtle mix of rich, dark flavors; blackberry, cassis, and juicy red plum all vying for
attention against a backdrop of lush tannins, set within round, generous mouthfeel. Stay with
the glass and note how this wine keeps on opening; huge black fruit integrated with elegantly
spicy oak, gentle notes of bitter chocolate and plump red berries, all woven together with big,
ripe tannins that will allow this wine to age gracefully for decades to come. The finish is long and
deep, bursting with luscious candied fruit characters, lasting a full minute or more. This is a true
winemaking achievement.