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Our two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted at the home estate in Camino, take advantage of the gracefully rolling landscape of our vineyards. The “Big Block” slopes to the west for a warmer afternoon sun while the “Small Block’s” exposure is north-easterly and a slightly cooler micro-climate. Established in 1973, these own-rooted vines are getting older, producing a smaller crop (1-2 tons/acre) with greater intensity. Perfect acidity coupled with wonderfully uniform color makes our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes consistently some of the nicest fruit we produce.
22 months in oak barrels (8% new French oak).
Bottled June 2, 2016.
The aromas are a layered progression of high-tone cranberry and red currant fruit to dark cherry and cassis. Intertwined throughout are spice notes of nutmeg and pepper with a subtle olive herbaceousness.
The first sip is an expression of the riper 2014 vintage, filling the senses with a richly textured entry loaded with black cherry and tree-ripened plum. Yet this dense mouthfeel slowly evens out in the mid-palate with a vibrant acidity and more berry fruit. The finish, with its youthful tannins and lingering earthiness, is a testament to the cool, mountain-grown vineyards.
Grilled meats with a hint of fat will not only emphasize this Cab’s fruit, but also tame the rustic tannins on the finish.