2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - Alexander Valley - Dashe Cellars
A great Cabernet Sauvignon from the wonderful Todd Brothers ranch vineyard. This is very fruit-forward with blackberry and cassis aromas, licorice, and chocolate. Rich, full bodied, and yet restrained more like a wine made in Bordeaux than one made in California I think Anne had something to do with that! Beautiful now, but can also age well.
The 2010 vintage was a cool ripening year, and produced tiny amounts of fruit. The vines, as is typical for this vineyard, produced a tiny crop of Cabernet Sauvignon, only about one and a half tons per acre which translated into only 92 cases of wine. The grapes were crushed into our smallest fermentation tank (1500 gallons) and allowed to slowly ferment using only the yeast present on the skin of the grapes. This native fermentation allows the characteristics of the vineyard shine through the resulting wine.
During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get above 90 F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. We let the wine stay on the fermented skins for an extended time to extract the maximum flavor and color, after which we pressed the grapes in a gentle membrane press so as not to extract dry or harsh tannins.
The wine was aged for over 30 months in 100% French oak barrels, with about 20% of the wine aged in new oak. In our blending trials, we blended Petit Verdot with the Cabernet, for spice and length of finish. A big, balanced, substantial wine, we believe that this Cabernet Sauvignon will be quite a long-lived, able to age 15 years or more.
Retail Price: $40.00
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